Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycle to be crafty, we can develop "cottage" techniques for recycling
but making a synthetic fabric from old plastic bottles is best left to industry, it is a clever achievement
the processes required are likely to be beyond the capability of the average individual
The success or otherwise of such industrial processes seems to be difficult to assess clearly
"Make do and mend"
an old saying, if used today, should not mean we limit our capabilities
Mending both 'Reduces' and 'Reuses', it is a type of recycling that is easy to confirm happening
Having to 'make do' suggests a second best rather than taking time out to find an alternative solution.
Crafty in the sense of ...
being clever & successful, "Annie is crafty"
when used as a compliment
having a practical skill "My uncle is skilled with his hands"
... likely to be a crafter
a practical way to pass one's time "I should like to learn to knit"
crafting or learning a craft