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Tonya Kay

Tonya Kay photo courtesy Tonya KayTonya Kay is an actress, TV personality, professional dancer and danger artist living in Los Angeles. A vegetarian of 28 years, vegan for 18 of those and raw vegan for the last 11, Tonya Kay pioneers the green health movement with appearances, publications and green media (available at KayosMarket). Watch Tonya Kay's self-produced web series The Eco Tourist on EcoHearth's Eco Tube. You may have also seen her recently on TV's My Ride Rules, The Tonight Show, Criminal Minds, Glee, House MD, Secret Girlfriend and American Idol with Rhianna. She has performed live in STOMP, De La Guarda, with Panic At The Disco, Kenny Rogers and in countless music videos and commercials. Look for Tonya Kay in the new Muppets Movie, starring in MTV Network's Video Game Reunion, playing a lead in the scripted animal-activist feature film, Bold Native, performing the voice of Green Girl in the raw vegan superhero animated film Rawman and Green Girl and performing burlesque live in Hollywood, California, almost any weekend. In 2012, Tonya Kay will star in the films Off World and Within The Darkness. For more on Tonya Kay, visit her website.

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Writer and raw-vegan celebrity, Tonya Kay promotes health and urban environmentalism while navigating Hollywood's film and television industry. Her focus here is on real things that real people can do to make a difference in their everyday lives and their world.
’No-Hassle Veg’ at the Barbecue
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Vegetable Barbecue photo by Sarah BraunIt's a pool party! It's a production party! And it's going to be a barbecue with lots of liquor! As a raw vegan on set, I try to remain no-hassle. Because whining never gets anyone more work, more friends…or better food, I usually arrive on set with bottle after bottle of fresh juice, not expecting catering to cater to me. After more than a quarter century of being vegetarian, though, I'm starting to see an accelerated jump in people embracing my healthy lifestyle—even at the production barbecue pool party with lots of liquor. Read on…

Running Your Car on Waste Vegetable Oil, Part 5: Risks and Rewards
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Tonya Kay's Trail Run of a Self-Contained Pre-Filtering System photo courtesy of Tonya KayI'm not complaining about gas prices. I'm not wagging a finger at our government's oil wars. I'm not debating what automotive technology is going to save our planet. I'm shutting up, taking responsibility and finding out for myself. I've been running alternative fuels for the past five years. And it hasn't been all rainbow exhaust, green trophies and good times, my friends. Did I mention that day I had to pull chicken skin out of my fuel filter? Or how about the time my car powered down on the highway—while in the fast lane? I've laughed, I've cried. But in the end, all that matters is: would I do it again? Read on…

Running Your Car on Waste Vegetable Oil, Part 4: Better Oil Filtering
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Tonya Kay Filters Waste Vegetable Oil Anywhere/Anytime She Needs Fuel photo courtesy of Tonya KayThe best thing about DIY movements is that you do it yourself. This way, we aren't waiting for some corporation to release a car that gets more than 40 mpg at a decent price. We aren't waiting for state policy to allow us biofuels at the pump. We aren't waiting for anything or anyone to tell us we can utilize alternative fuels now—because we're already doing it ourselves! And because we are the ones doing our own R&D, the end result is always tailor-made, custom-fly to our specific cars and lifestyles. This is how I developed the advanced techniques below for filtering collected waste vegetable oil (WVO) to power my WVO car. Read on…

Running Your Car on Waste Vegetable Oil, Part 3: How to Filter the Oil
Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Tonya Kay Filtering Oil in Parking Lot photo courtesy of Tonya KaySure, there are some folks living in Hollywood with garages. But I am not one of them. I hope to be someday. Oh, the American Dream: city life with a covered parking place. A place for your car, powered by waste vegetable oil (WVO), to call home. And a place to allow your vegetable-oil containers to settle their collected grease, to store fancy electric-transfer pumps and to filter your most recent finds.

Fortunately, having an outdoor storage space or driveway, though it would make my greaser life much easier, is not necessary to run a car on WVO. This oil filtration thing is a lot simpler than people think. Here’s what you need to know. Read on…

Running Your Car on Waste Vegetable Oil, Part 2: How to Select the Oil
Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Tonya Kay (right) Collecting Free Waste Vegetable Oil photo courtesy of Tonya KayNow that you've converted your vehicle to run on waste vegetable oil (WVO), here's what you need to know about selecting the oil and where to get it free.

There is no shortage of dirty cooking grease in the United States. From Florida to Alaska, people are sucking up deep-fried food like it was... food. But if running my car on deep-fryer oil has taught me anything, it's that this stuff is the last thing I would consider putting in my own body. It is my dream to show up at McDonald’s someday asking for WVO and be turned down because of a shortage due to lack of interest. In the meantime, as long as people are happy to consume food fresh out of this thick, rotten, saturated-fat concentrate, I'll make the best of it. For now, at least, there is plenty to go around. But there are some important oil-selection rules that will help you keep your vehicle running smoothly on WVO. Read on…

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