About Us

Products made from recycled material (mostly).

Sustainable shopping made easier (always).

We have researched, tested, and hand-picked all the products you need to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle...so relax and rest easy, we can do this.

Our household has been trying to find everyday products necessary to live a modern lifestyle but in a way that reduces our environmental footprint - stuff made from recycled material, products that help you reduce waste, and cool companies that are trying to do business the right way.

Our vision is that someday, this site won't make any sense.

We are kidding, kind of.  By making choices to buy sustainable products and things made from recycled stuff, we hope that someday what is now a bit of a niche is so commonplace that the idea of having a site that highlights sustainable products will be ridiculous and I'll need to shut this site down (don't worry, I'll be fine, I have a day job).

But in the here and now, the recycling industry is in crisis. In response to our growing trade war, China tightened its rules for accepting recyclable material and guess what?  Most of the stuff you put in your recycling bin ended up in China.  Local governments, cities, and waste facilities are awash in recyclable material and the prices have cratered, increasing incentives to divert recyclables straight to the landfill rather than reuse it, or to cancel recycling programs completely.

We need to strengthen the market for recyclable material at home, as well as build demand for products that use sustainable practices like using recycled material for their products.

The good news is, you can make a difference.  We know there are people out there who care as much as we do and are as busy as we are. We wanted to try to help people incorporate good choices into their daily lives by doing some of the leg work for you. Turns out, there are tons of companies out there using recycled plastic, recycled paper or cardboard, or otherwise trying to reduce waste, and you can find them here By directing your dollars to the right companies and products, you show that consumers care about how products are made. The choices you made to supply your home and live your day to day life can make a difference in the way manufacturers source materials for their products.

Who are we

Picture of Jessica Mazzone and Dan Cain, owners of Recycled and Renewed

Our names are Dan and Jessica. Two harried parents of young children who live and work in the nation's capital, Washington D.C.  We are both dedicated public servants trying to drive positive change from within the crazy complicated bureaucracy of the federal government - challenging but rewarding work.

We are also a family that is trying our darnedest to live a responsible, environmentally sustainable, and ethical lifestyle while maintaining some semblance of sanity - raising a family is hard work (who knew?!).  Over the last few years we have tried to change how we live, pushing ourselves to change our ways, make sustainable lifestyle choices, reduce our carbon footprint, and support responsible companies. We compost, bike everywhere we can, pay a little more for something that will last longer and chose products that we know can be recycled.

We hope that you can skip some of the hard work, leverage our lessons learned, and start living more sustainably today...We know you can do it!

P.S. - This site links to other pages where the products I recommend can be purchased (mostly Amazon).  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  This means I earn a small commission on the things you buy, at no cost to you, which helps me cover the cost in time and money to build, host, and maintain the site.  My goal is to increase the amount of material being reused in our society rather than ending up in a landfill, but I ask you to ensure you are clicking through from my site when you purchase these products so I can continue to maintain it over the long haul (or until all products are made of recycled material and this idea is completely obsolete...which would be awesome!).