Going green or upcycling

For years now there has been a lot of talk about going green & loads of products brought out by manufactures for the green market which seem to be very expensive with claims that the product will pay for the extra cost in x amount of years however the products only last x amount of years so not sure where the savings are there.
Maybe I am just naive but going green should not mean using up loads more of the earths resources for new products.
I am a big fan of upcycling which can be used in many different ways to great effect for instance

* Update your kitchen by replacing the cupboard fronts (new cupboard units will be the very same as the ones you have now so why replace).

* Paint/spray your existing cupboard doors & if mouldings are added before repainting you can change a straight door in to a panel door.

* Move your cupboards around until you get a new layout which is better suited to the room

* Replace your old worktop with new or tile your existing worktop ( hob & sink will need to be adjusted to allow for tiles.)

* Added extra mouldings to your skirting boards to make them bigger/taller or for door & window surrounds wider.

* Recolouring or styling your table to get a better match for the room it is in (take your time, no rush, get it right first time)

* The list could be endless ( be careful there is a fine line)

As you can see from my examples upcycling for me is keeping the main component & adding to it in order to update or upgrade & always been careful to carry out quality workmanship as the last thing you want is a DIY slapped together look.