I am the first to admit that I do not recycle, but I love to re-purpose and reuse--to take something destined for the trash and make something useful of it. One of my favorite DIY/Crafting blogs is Make It and Love It--Ashley is constantly showing us how to re-purpose--I am convinced that she could make a dress out of thin air! She is an awesome resource, with tons of tutorials.
Take this holder for charging your cell phone--she showed us how to make it from a lotion bottle (I used a body wash bottle), a little fabric and some Mod Podge. Need one for yourself? You can get the full instructions here.