Dara Herman Zierlein made a choice to have an affect on the planet by eliminating plastic from her life. Even despite that decision, she sometimes does use plastic. But she holds onto it rather than throwing it away or recycling. She says that only about 9 percent of plastic that is sent to be recycled actually gets recycled.

Zierlein is also an artist and her art tackles environmental issues, which was recently on display at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library.