Sanitary protection accounts for a lot of the paper waste in our household and there's no substitute. Tampons are in no way sufficient and composting any of these things just isn't gonna happen. So what do you do? Burn them?
My husband and I are trying to Zero Waste, but my 16 year old daughter is very skeptical, and refuses to accept that plastic is an issue. But my biggest issue is with sanitary products. Not only does it increase landfill, the pads are all individually wrapped. My 25 year old daughter has embraced Zero Waste (as best she can while house-sharing with a stubborn, skeptical younger brother), and is now using a menstrual cup, but my younger daughter would freak out about using that! Doubt she'll even consider cloth pads, and from memory, they are impossible to stop bunching up and being uncomfortable, unless worn woth a belt to hold them in place. Any suggestions on cloth pads that don't need a belt or bunch up??
Maybe with this younger daughter go for the low hanging fruit and steer away from sanitary products for now. Things like unused or partially used school supplies, make up containers, hair products, etc. Just getting her 100% on board with recycling all that she can.My teen needs to use super+ throughout her period. Dr. recommended stopping it per anemia and it has been a little over 6 months but she is now thinking she's going to follow ObGyn's suggestions(!) so teens are sometimes resistant to new jdeas. A little, uh? If your kiddo needs it to be her own idea, you're just going to have to be patient. Focus elsewhere and hopefully she'll come around.