Do Beautiful Things

by Jenny Lawson

Welcome to Do Beautiful Things, a podcast hosted by Jenny Lawson, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. In this podcast we will discuss ending litter, the truth behind recycling, and enhancing communities to create a more sustainable and beautiful future. Our engaging discussions are not just interviews; they are insightful conversations that illuminate the path to a greener tomorrow.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Communities in Color: Honoring Dr. King's Legacy Through Beautification Projects

    Communities in Color: Honoring Dr. King's Legacy Through Beautification Projects

    In this episode, we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 95th birthday. Keep America Beautiful (KAB) granted over $230,000 in 2022 and ‘23 through MLK Community Improvement grants, supporting projects enhancing the beauty and cleanliness of areas named after Dr. King. Notably, Jackson, Mississippi, received funding for a project featuring 10 vibrant murals along a mile of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, honoring Dr. King and Mississippi civil rights leaders. KAB's Senior VP of the Affiliate Network, Dave Forsell, recently attended the mural unveiling and spoke with key members of Keep Jackson Beautiful. You'll hear their stories about how the project came to be and the significance it holds for the city of Jackson.

  • Keep the Holidays Beautiful: A Guide to a Sustainable Holiday and New Year

    Keep the Holidays Beautiful: A Guide to a Sustainable Holiday and New Year

    The holidays are a time of joy for many, but amid the celebrations, it's easy to lose track of waste. In today's episode, host Jenny Lawson, joined by McCall Vrydaghs, the producer of the Do Beautiful Things podcast, will share tips on hosting a party, gift wrapping, and embracing the holidays sustainably. They will also discuss eco-friendly ways to bid farewell to your decorations when the holidays are over.

  • Battery Recycling - The Power Behind Collection

    Battery Recycling - The Power Behind Collection

    Ever wondered whether to toss those old batteries or recycle them? In today’s episode, we’ve got the answers. Jenny sits down to discuss batteries with David Klanecky, President and CEO of Cirba Solutions®. With over 30 years of expertise in Battery Materials, David has held key roles in research & development, operations, commercial ventures, and leadership across diverse industries. His experience spans the global lithium business, energy storage, and various specialty materials sectors. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of battery recycling, covering rechargeable batteries, car batteries, cell phone batteries, and much more. We’ll be discussing sustainable best practices in this ever-evolving technological landscape. To learn more about Cirba Solutions®, click HERE.

  • The Paper Industry: Assessing Its Sustainability

    The Paper Industry: Assessing Its Sustainability

    Join us as we assess the sustainability of paper and packaging. Learn how eco-friendly these products really are and discover what this industry is doing to commit to practices that benefit both consumers and the planet. Jenny chats with Mary Anne Hansan, President of the Paper and Packaging Board, where she is responsible for communicating the paper industry’s unrivaled sustainability story to millions of consumers. Mary Anne is an enthusiast of paper and paper packaging and is the perfect person to talk to about this topic. Don’t miss it!

  • Exploring the Path to a Waste-Free Future: A Conversation with TerraCycle®

    Exploring the Path to a Waste-Free Future: A Conversation with TerraCycle®

    In our next episode, Jenny will explore the idea of a zero-waste future with Tom Szaky, the founder and CEO of TerraCycle®—a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. They will discuss the origins of TerraCycle, its partnership with Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, the TerraCycle Global Foundation, and their aspirations for the future.