It really is true that actions speak louder than words.
Since I have changed my way of thinking towards sustainability and consumerism, my behaviour towards 'things' and waste has obviously changed too. The type of food we eat, product packaging we buy and 'things' we accumulate (or more accurately don't accumulate) are noticed by others. I don't mean this in an holier than thou way, but subtly.
As a positive result, I find that it is starting to rub off on others. So much of living a little greener is about awareness. There are so many issues that until only a few years ago I hadn't really thought about. I earned money, I could buy things, I could put my rubbish in the bin and it then became someone else's problem.
It is great to see others starting to think too. Gavin's latest post made me think about my own situation at work. It is really nice to get a response from someone about how they now think about their waste a little more. Food can be composted, paper and cardboard can be recycled or composted, and juice boxes really are the work of the devil. By doing what you really believe and committing yourself to it, other notice and start to ask questions. There is no need to stand on a soapbox and preach. Giving people information, when asked, is a great way to make a change. I feel that Gandhi's quote "Be the change you want to see in the world" is relevant. I want a world that cares about its people and environment, and I hope that my actions may help others think about that too.
There are so many fabulous people out there who inspire me and get me thinking.
Who gets you thinking?