Plastic Free July Interview with Alma Pena - Jr. Miss Texas Galaxy 2020
Can you please introduce yourself to our readers
-My name is Alma Pena. I am a 14 year old 9 th grader from Rio
Grande City, Texas in the United States. I’m the creator of STARR
PROJECT, a plastic only recycling project I started 2 years ago.
What was the reason you chose an Eco platform?
I wasn’t looking for a platform when I started STARR PROJECT.
Starr County is a small community where we don’t currently have
a recycling center/ facility. When I found out that my city didn’t
have a recycling center, I got to work. I didn’t choose my platform,
my platform chose me.
What eco projects have you been doing during your reign?
This past Earth Day I was able to do a “Think Global, Act Local
Clean Up” I had 30 queens around the world pledge at least an
hour of their time to clean up an area in their community. I was
able to do a clean-up myself with my friends and cousins on the
side of the road in Rio Grande City. “Think Global, Act Local” is the
slogan for Starr Project. Therefore it was the perfect name for my
Earth Day Clean Up project.
July in the U.K is plastic free month it’s in place to highlight the harm of single
use plastic and encourages people to go plastic free for the whole month. How
will you be doing this in July?
I will continue doing what I do. I will continue to collect plastic
from everyone who supports STARR PROJECT. I will continue to
encourage people to do what is right for our planet, which can be
as simple as putting a water bottle in the recycling bin.
Why is reducing plastic use so important to you and our planet?
It’s important to reduce the single use of plastic because we only
have one planet. We don’t have time to start later, it needs to be
done NOW. I’m not thinking just about myself. You have the future
generations to think about. What are they going to do with our Earth
after so much destruction? The time is now because there is no
Having a plastic free awareness month is amazing but we should be doing
this more, as well as other ways to help protect the environment. Can you
give us your top tips on how to be eco-friendly?
My advice to anyone who wants to be eco-friendly is to ease into
new habits. For example, remembering bringing reusable bags for
produce to the grocery store. That slowly becomes second hand
nature such as other eco-friendly habits like recycling. The
important thing to remember is that these little things make an
impact to our world. And, isn’t that what we all want to do?