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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.
Running Your Car on Waste Vegetable Oil, Part 1: Converting Your Automobile
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

WVO Mercedes with Owner photo by Damian Kettlewell for Council in West Vancouver Here is a sincere warning that goes out to anyone considering converting a car to run on waste vegetable oil (WVO) as I did: You are about to become a rock star. After only one visit, restaurants will know you by name, auto shops will call their friends to show you off, and people in the parking lot will want pictures with you with greasy hands. Thanks to recent television coverage, WVO is a fashionable topic in American living rooms, and when you arrive at the deli requesting dirty oil, they will act like you are their long-lost cousin and do everything but pinch your cheeks. Read on…

Vegan Sneaks and My Urban Eco-Paradise
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Eco Sneaks photo by House of SimsI grew up in a farm town in the state of Michigan. And despite my eccentric appearance, I have farm-town values. In part, that means that family and nature mean a lot to me. So it breaks my heart in a secret way that I cannot live out my dreams of being a performing artist anywhere but in a large city. After all, to us rural folks, cities are ‘dirty, impersonal and always in a rush.’

To some degree, of course, all accusations are true. You don't have to be from a small town to smell the exhaust blanketing Hollywood Boulevard on a 105-degree day in late July. And you don't have to ride the NYC subway for long to get that mystery grit under your fingernails, up your nostrils and in your pores. Cities are dirty but despite the obvious street grime, a city just may be the most environmentally friendly place to live. Read on…

I Am Solar Charged
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Sun Amidst Palm Trees photo by Lain BuchananWhen I was growing up, our cats would lie in the sun for as long as it would shine through our window. Cats sleep twenty out of twenty-four hours per day, anyway. Without even a dream twitch, they'd sun bake for as many hours as they could—each hot to the touch, just a fireball hairball with the secret smile of royal satisfaction. Mom always said they were solar charging. Read on…

Sex-Toy Recycling: Yes, There Are Companies That Do That
Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Recycling Bins photo by Neubie modified by TheisThe death of a relationship is the death of its dildos, a gay woman knows. Even straight men know better than to break out that old strap-on with their new paramour. I do not advocate tossing a perfectly good item prematurely, but in some situations it really is appropriate to replace your collection of sex toys. Maybe your gung-ho style left a vibrator cracked, or maybe you've discovered, as we did in one of my past blog entries, that your pocket rocket may contain the endocrine-interrupting, baby-genitalia-disfiguring, sperm-count-lowering plasticizer: phthalate.   Sometimes you just need a new dong. Read on…

Pagans, Raw Vegans and Environmentalists! Oh My!—A Summer Solstice Celebration for All
Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00  |  Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry

Summer Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge photo by vintagedeptThe English word “pagan” comes from the Latin paganus, which translates as "country dweller." Over time, the meaning encompassed not just the location of these dwellers, but also the way they lived and what they believed, both of which were close to nature. Pagan began to imply a special relationship with plants, weather, seasons and other natural phenomena that "refined" city dwellers experienced less often and less directly. As modern religions swept the European continent (often by force), pagan took on a religious connotation, coming to mean "anyone not Christian" or more derogatorily, "heathen." By extension, the linguistic and literal attacks on country dwellers—their beliefs and way of life—can be seen as an outright attack on everything natural. Read on…

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