Women use more than 9,000-10 000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime - based on average of 38 years of menstruation using 22 items of sanitary products per cycle, 13 cycles per year.
A year’s worth of a typical feminine hygiene product leaves a carbon footprint of 5.3 kg CO2 equivalents.
Close to 20 billion sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators are dumped into North American landfills every year.  When wrapped in plastic bags, feminine hygiene waste can take centuries to biodegrade. The average woman uses over 11,000 tampons over her lifetime, leaving behind residue far beyond her lifespan. 
The average person who menstruates will do so for around four decades of their life and will use somewhere around 9,000-10,000 tampons to manage menstruation.
One sanitary pad could take 500 to 800 years to decompose as the plastic used is non-biodegradable and can lead to health and environmental hazards
A combination of technology and social pressure drove us toward sanitary products shot through with plastic. Is there a better solution?
When discussing the source of plastic waste, the problem of disposable feminine hygiene products is the elephant in the room.
Demonstrating all too well the impact of our choices on the environment, The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup reported collecting almost 18,000 used tampons and applicators from beaches around the world in a single day in 2004;