TOLEDO (WTOL) - Saturday was the inaugural EcoFest Toledo at Handmade Toledo.

Hundreds came to learn how to make our planet greener and people healthier.

Sonia McNair is promoting what started out as a lifestyle but now has also become her business: Sonia’s Organics.

She’s all about sustainability and does that by growing her own herbs at the corner of City Park and Woodland in central Toledo.

“My message is we need to upgrade our soils. We need to grow our own food and start our local food system. We need to be self-reliant and take care of our families,” she said.

EcoToledo Fest was sponsored by the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission and Studio 13 Tattoo.

Nearly forty tables were set up each showing fest-goers how small changes can make a big impact on our world and the way we live.

“So if we’re doing small things whether it’s reducing plastic use, eating less meat, recycling properly. If everyone doing those small things you can have a collective community impact,” Melissa Hopfer of the commission said.

The group ‘Withdraw the Straw’ is trying to eliminate plastic straws.

A group of Toledo restaurants this week will join the movement.

“Plastic straws can end up in landfills, oceans becoming plastic for fish to eat and overall toxic, contaminated environment,” Kaitlin Plate said.

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