The way Tom Ridgeway, VP of Patagonia's Environmental Programs, describes Patagonia's approach to products, it seems like the store has an "eco oath" much like a doctor's hippocratic oath ("First do no harm").
The Hester Street Fair is nothing like the pseudo street fairs of summer that plague New York City streets with mass-produced gyros and knock-off sunglasses. You're most likely to meet your product's producer.
Sustainability has been understood to mean only limits. Sustainable consumption turns this idea on its head, as a way to develop products that deliver better living standards without further burdening our planet.
Opponents of bio-fuel claim that it will never be competitive with gasoline or diesel. But bio-fuels are still in their infancy -- with more research, they may indeed become a competitive alternative energy source.