Recently I subscribed (online) to a magazine called Green : sustainable architecture and landscape design and think I found some of the most useful advice for a person starting to investigate greener options for their life in Issue 2.
An article by Jane Toner and Erika Bartak called "Material Matters" provided the following insight:
"If you feel overwhelmed...try to prioritise your materials goals and give some focus to your research. While improving environmental impacts for each and every building material may be a noble ideal to uphold, it is better to achieve small successes with priority items than to feel totally swamped and end up changing nothing, deferring to the "usual suspects"."
I often feel overwhelmed and do end up choosing the easiest and most readily available product, but if I choose one item/issue to tackle then perhaps I might end up in the end making a greater difference. Let's see how I go.