The average woman will dispose of approximately 11,000 sanitary products in her lifetime.
A waste free alternative is menstrual or moon cups. They have been around for decades, but with the wave of waste reduction they are picking up in popularity. There are different brands, shapes and sizes available, but the much more inert silicone ones, like Mooncup, look better.
It is advised to buy two, so one can be properly sterilised overnight while the other is in use, but they’ll last for years so think of the money as well as waste you’ll save over disposable tampons and menstrual pads.
Moon cups and other waste free menstrual products can be purchased at Commonsense Organics in Lower Hutt.