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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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Clean and Green Everyday
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.
Green Business: The New Eco-Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Island Buffet photo by Neeta LindI am a female CEO. Yes, that's right—I'm not just a vagabond gypsy performing artist living the Bohemian dream. I am also a number-crunching genius female entrepreneur with a successful business enterprise on the side. It has taken me more than a year to open up about the being-the-president-of-my-own-company thing. But you know… I've got a starving-artist reputation to protect. Read on…

'Burning Man' Checklist: Two Essential Items Left Off Most Packing Lists
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Burning Man 2008 photo by phatteddyI got mothered right my first year at Burning Man. Otherwise, for example, how would I have figured out exactly what to take to Burning Man? Yes, it is helpful to have a packing and camping list—including mortally necessary protective items. But a veteran can also pass along knowledge of the taboos residents are expected to adhere to. That's why, your first time, you need a mother. Read on…

’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…

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Unplug appliances when not in use. Your electronics—computers, TVs, phone chargers—use energy even when they're turned off. Stand-by power can account for as much as 20% of home energy use. Save both energy and money by unplugging your devices, or put them on a power strip that you can turn off when they are not in use.  More tips...

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We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. — Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732  More quotes...