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Plastic-Free July: At The Half-Way Mark

Plastic Free July - Eco Warrior Princess 6
Written by Jennifer Nini

Are you doing the Plastic-Free July challenge? If so, are you finding it difficult or easy?

Here’s where I stand on the matter: It’s more difficult than I thought it would be.

Many of you know that my partner Ben (who I’ve now dubbed Eco Warrior Prince) and I decided to test the plastic-free waters and participate in the challenge to raise awareness of just how pervasive plastic is in our lives.

Only 15 days into the challenge and it has been an eye-opening experience to say the least. We are mindful of our eco footprint already so we can only imagine how ordinary people doing the challenge must be feeling!

While there have been some successes such as finding a local butcher (Ben eats meat) who has been accommodating of our plastic-free request and discovering certified organic glass bottled milk, the plastic-free lifestyle journey is not as easy as we had hoped.

Check out this 5 minute video to learn how we’re coping mid-way through Plastic-Free July:

We’d love to hear from you: If you’re doing the Plastic-Free July Challenge please leave a comment with details of your own journey. Let’s inspire more people to kick their plastic over-consumption habits to the curb!

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About the author

Jennifer Nini

Jennifer Nini is a writer, activist and the founding editor of Eco Warrior Princess. In 2010, after studying Fashion Business, she launched Eco Warrior Princess to explore her interests in fashion, politics, social justice and sustainability. Jennifer is also the founder of The Social Copywriter, a digital agency harnessing the power of copywriting and content marketing to help mindful businesses reach more people. When she's not perfecting a sentence or coaching business clients, you will find her at her certified organic farm reconnecting with nature.


  • Living plastic-free has been so hard! Plastic finds its way into our lives so much. It really opens your eyes up to how much plastic we use and how much waste it creates. I opted to only avoid the top 4: plastic straws and coffee cups, plastic bags, and water bottles. Plastic bags has been the hardest. In fact, the other day I didn’t realize a cashier gave me a plastic bag and when I got home I realized my mistake and resolved to take a cloth bag with me before I leave the house. It’s something so simple but easy to forget!

    • Ahhh my partner bought be a soda water and vodka at the bar and he wasn’t pay attention either and the bar tender popped a straw in my glass (this is now the second time this has happened!) It is so frustrating! p.s. loved your plastic-free on the road post, very useful for the eco warriors who love to travel 🙂

  • It is so true, it is really hard if you don´t keep your focus on it 100%! I´m doing 30 day plastic free challenge at the moment, and I had similar problems; I was at a concert, and they could only serve drinks in plastic cups, something i did not think of before actually going there. So I ended up having to get one plastic glass, and reuse it for all the drinks i got.. and I also had the straw issue, ordered an ice coffee at about life, specifically told them to put it in a glass jar for me, as I was having it there. They still managed to put it in a plastic cup… So I told them they would have to put it into a glass jar instead, then i started drinking without realising at first that they put a plastic straw in it! But it is such a great and rewarding challenge.

    • It is a wonderful exercise isn’t it? I think if more people took on the challenge they will be gobsmacked at just how much plastic is prevalent in our lives. It’s not even just the plastic pollution that is a worry. It’s that single use disposable plastic is created with fossil fuels, resources that are non-renewable! It’s just soooo wasteful. I interviewed some zero wasters recently and they explained their own challenges – ordering food and drinks at restaurants did come up as a major challenge!

      Anyway glad you’re on the green team and let’s keep sharing the sustainability message to anyone who will listen 🙂

      p.s. If you want to check out that post, you can find it here:

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