The third comment down reads:
Perhaps, a wiser - for the women & for the Earth - option would be looking into reusable sanitary protection, such as a Keeper or a Diva Cup. For the cost of roughly three months of protection (if I’m reading the conversations correctly) a woman can get sanitary protection that will last for TEN YEARS without risk of infection.
The major problem with an item such as the Diva Cup is you need access to clean water to wash out the cup. Clean water is a luxury, despite the fact that we take it for granted. However, more important than the infeasibility of alternative sanitary protection is this: the women of Zimbabwe have asked for pads and tampons.
The day I see a progressive American argue against supplying a country like Zimbabwe with clean bandages because "it's better for the Earth" will the the day I renounce my feminist leanings and start filling my quiver.