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Mom’s Wisdom on Giving

Mom’s Wisdom on Giving

by blueokra, February 28, 2018

Nearly everyone I know tends to run short on time and/or money. Some have an abundance of one and are short on the other, but very few of us feel that we truly have enough of both. And so when we make a decision about giving to a cause, it … Continue reading

Filled under : education , environment , fair labor
The Best Ethical Shopping Apps 2018

The Best Ethical Shopping Apps 2018

by blueokra, October 29, 2017

Being an ethically-minded consumer can involve many concerns. We’ve rounded up the best iPhone and Android apps to help you shop smarter, whether you’re looking for cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, socially just, or vegan and vegetarian products. Our Blue Okra trophy adorns our choice of a few of our favorites. To … Continue reading

Filled under : education , environment , fair labor , fashion
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Anti-consumerism

Anti-consumerism

by blueokra, October 25, 2017

For decades, psychologists have been chronicling Americans’ decreasing self-esteem and increasing rates of depression. Tori DeAngelis says in her article, Consumerism and its discontents, subtitled “Materialistic values… are linked to lower life satisfaction”, that, “the least materialistic people report the most life satisfaction.” And, apparently, “Those who doubt themselves buy … Continue reading

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Intentional Living

Intentional Living

by blueokra, October 10, 2017

We’re obsessed with happiness. It’s the topic of endless discussions, economic studies, psychology experiments and philosophical treatises. Amazon returns 104,645 results for books on “happiness”. The failure of consumerism, a.k.a. “retail therapy”, to scratch that itch is also a hot topic. We know – almost instinctively – that buying stuff … Continue reading

Social Justice + Ecology = the New Economic Goals

Social Justice + Ecology = the New Economic Goals

by blueokra, September 22, 2017

Is economic growth killing the planet? In her new book “Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist”, Kate Raworth describes how, by plastering that question on the front of a building, “rebel economics students commandeered the street in front of the Boston Sheraton to greet the … Continue reading

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Fair Trade vs. Eco-Friendly

Fair Trade vs. Eco-Friendly

by blueokra, September 21, 2017

You may be thinking that these two ideals are not in opposition but they can be. If a core value of a company is to create job opportunities in the majority world, it might implement fair trade policies – despite the fact that this would create longer shipping distances during … Continue reading

Baby Blanket and Swaddle Safety

Baby Blanket and Swaddle Safety

by blueokra, September 11, 2017

Blankets are great for lots of uses during the day when baby is awake, but swaddling is better for sleeping, for your little one and for you. Properly designed swaddle wraps allow for some hip and leg movement, help your baby sleep longer and more soundly on her back and … Continue reading

Filled under : baby , education
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