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The Best Ethical Shopping Apps 2017

The Best Ethical Shopping Apps 2017

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
Bags

Bags

by blueokra, September 10, 2017

Our new packaging is in! Made from 100% recycled paper (50% post-consumer and 50% post industrial), they are reusable and compostable, and made in the USA. Even the ink is water-soluble. When we say we sweat the details, we mean it. #GROWtheGood Oh yeah, they’re cute too!

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Tagged on : health , quality , social justice
Why Blue Okra?

Why Blue Okra?

by blueokra, September 9, 2017

Because twocarrots.com was already taken. Seriously, I had Two Carrots in my head and even a mental image of the (very cute) logo, and found that the domain name was already taken. I toyed with the idea of twocarrots.us or twocarrots.store, but in the end decided that we needed a … Continue reading

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My Backstory and Philosophy

My Backstory and Philosophy

by blueokra, September 8, 2017

My name is Julie Parker. I am the designer and a co-owner at Blue Okra. Years ago, I studied design at the Fashion Institute (FIDM) in Los Angeles and worked in the garment industry as an assistant designer, a pattern maker and eventually had my own signature line. I really … Continue reading

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