If you are looking for an environmentally friendly way deal with your period, you might want to consider reusable and absorbent period panties, washable cloth pads or menstrual cups. Instead of throwing them away after use, you rinse them out, wash them and use them again. Although it may be unacceptable for some girls to handle menstrual blood, there is nothing unhealthy or “dirty” about it. It’s important to clean usable products according to the manufacturer’s instructions and to know how and when to replace the product. The up-front cost of these products is usually higher than one-use tampons or pads, however over time you will save money. When you think about all the tampons or pads that you would use over the course of your menstruating years, choosing a reusable product instead of a throwaway one would definitely have a positive impact on the environment.
Read more about alternative period products here: http://youngwomenshealth.org/2013/03/28/period-products/