For people who have periods, deciding what products to use during menstruation is a big decision. Many people will pick up what's readily available at the local drugstore, which tends to be standard tampons or sanitary pads. Unfortunately, these things aren't great for the environment. It's estimated that the average woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of "pads, plugs, and applicators" in their life. Of course, these items aren't recyclable, so they sit in landfills.
Now, this isn't an area in life where you can simply opt out of using a product. So what's the solution? Depending on your individual needs and preferences, there are a number of eco-friendly period products to choose from. It's also always worth talking to your doctor about your individual needs and what may work best for your cycle.