This also got me to thinking about how we choose our products and decide that something is worth the money or effort of the green choice. Some things, like double-pane low-E windows are a no brainer, in that they make the house more comfortable and cost less to operate-- immediate benefits to me that, say, sustainably harvested lumber isn't.
When I installed my plyboo kitchen counters, I went to a lot of effort to find a product to seal them that wasn't a petroleum product. I ended up with Citrus-Shield, a paste wax made with carnuaba, beeswax and citrus. I had to get it shipped directly to me, after driving to two stores that said they carried comparable products, but didn't. Applying it was difficult, which led to a drive to a car parts store to get a rotary buffer to buff it out. And doing THAT lead to using electricity. Sigh. And I wasn't happy and it made unattractive white rings, etc.
I decided to take most of the wax off with steel wool, and applied a bit of mineral oil (aka butcher block oil, which is a petroleum product). In five minutes, my counters looked gorgeous. And I suspect I used WAY more petrochemicals trying to use the non-petrochemical paste wax.
What can I do/could I have done to make a better choice? How do I know when something is going to be more effort and more cost than the benefit? What am I missing or overlooking here?