PinkBox Dignity Vending Machines dispense a free period pack with six tampons and two pads in it. The machine is there to help women, girls, and those who menstruate. Share the Dignity purchase and supply the specially made by Libra period packs in the vending machine or otherwise known as the #pinkbox.
Share the Dignity is proud to place Dignity Vending Machines in areas where those in need will have access to them. We believe that access to period products is a right, not a privilege and that no one should ever have to choose between eating and taking control of their period.
At Share the Dignity we are passionate about empowering people to live a life of dignity and safety. To ensure access to pads and tampons to the most vulnerable, we will continue installing Dignity Vending Machines in public toilets, charities, homeless hubs, domestic violence refuges, community centres, hospitals, Aboriginal Health Services working on improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples menstrual health, and low socioeconomic schools across Australia.
We’ve selected locations where they are needed most. Each Dignity Vending Machine is programmed with a delivery delay of 10 minutes (or three minutes in schools) to ensure that no period packs are wasted.
Since installing the first machine in December 2016, we have installed 250 PinkBoxes recorded 50,000 vends of period packs that contain two pads and six tampons as of mid-2020.
Inspiration for our PinkBox Dignity vending machines
We were shocked to hear that people were using rolled-up toilet paper and hand towels to manage their periods.
We couldn't believe that school children in are opting to miss school rather than risk humiliation because they can’t afford pads and tampons. The state of homelessness and poverty in Australia is shocking. We acted. We created the Pinkbox.