One of the things I love most about being able to craft and create is that it is a character-builder; it's a way to take responsibility, be a good steward, and gain appreciation for things so many take for granted. How so, you ask?
As a crafter, I have the capability to give new life to things that are old, worn out, or just out-dated. And, I can take trash and turn it into treasure. One of my favorite ways of doing this is by fusing plastic grocery sacks into a strong, tarp-like material and creating wallets or grocery totes that can be used over and over again.
Alternately, if I do want something new, I can choose materials that, while not reused, are still sustainable. Like this dress, made from a bamboo fabric. Bamboo is incredible; it grows fast, needs much less room than cotton, requires no pesticides or fertilizers, and--get this--is naturally anti-microbial!! PLUS--it feels soooo soft and fabulous... (What isn't to love about it?!)
Because I am making things daily, I know what goes into an object. I have a greater respect for materials, and hate to see anything thrown into the trash, only to take up space in a landfill. My newest project reflects this. Be warned, it is an experiment!! I really am not a crocheter, but I'm doing a very simple stitch to create a basket made from long, stringy scraps of cotton fabric that I've been saving. I just started this afternoon and will let you know how it turns out!
These are just a few examples of how one can use their crafty skillz to save money and be less wasteful. :)