Re:waste – how Sweden is rethinking resources

An estimated two billion tonnes of municipal waste were generated globally in 2016, and according to projections from the World Bank, this number is expected to increase by 70 per cent before 2050.

While people living in high-income countries produce more waste compared to those in low-income nations, reducing waste is a global crisis that requires all of us to do our part. The exhibition and booklet included in the Re:waste toolkit outlines the underlying problems, the steps we all have to take to get out of the situation, and clever new innovations in development and on the market.

A successful approach to solve the crisis must be based on a properly managed waste hierarchy and a striving for a circular economy. The ultimate approach to waste management is to not create any in the first place.

Building blocks

Exhibition in English (download PDF). Contact us for high resolution print files.
Exhibition texts in English for translation (word)

Poster (download PDF template)
Invitation card (download PDF template)

Booklet (download PDF or order a physical copy)

Case bank (English, Word)

Social media

Post 1: The globe (mp4, download from Vimeo)
Post 2: How long will it last? Can, wrapper, diaper (mp4, download from Vimeo)
Post 3: How long will it last? Newspaper, balloon, apple (mp4, download from Vimeo)
Post 4: How long will it last? Plastic bottle, cigarette, glass bottle (mp4, download from Vimeo)
Post 5: How long will it last? Plastic bag, chewing gum, styrofoam (mp4, download from Vimeo)
Post 6: Swedish waste disposal – a love story (mp4, download from Vimeo)
Post 7: Reuse (mp4, download from Vimeo)

Suggested texts for Facebook or Instagram for above 7 posts (English, Word)

Videos without text for local language
Post 2, no text: How long will it last? Can, wrapper, diaper (mp4, Vimeo)
Post 3, no text: How long will it last? Newspaper, balloon, apple (mp4, Vimeo)
Post 4, no text: How long will it last? Plastic bottle, cigarette, glass bottle (mp4, Vimeo)
Post 5, no text: How long will it last? Plastic bag, chewing gum, styrofoam (mp4, Vimeo)
Instruction regading font, size and leading (English, PDF)

GIF Stickers at – swedense

Plogging – How fitness can save the climate 


Quiz for Instagram Stories or other social media platforms
Quiz: questions and answers (English, Word)
Use with suggested images from Image Bank Sweden: WasteRecycleReuse, EnergyPlasticTriple helix

Suggested hashtags: #rewaste


Exhibition overview and manual (PDF)

Inspirational stories

The embassy of Sweden in Tirana has used the ReWaste material at the Hand to Hand Against Nation Apathy – H.A.N.A, Centre in the city of Lezha with visiting pupils from schools in the city for seven consecutive weeks during April and May 2022.

Financial support

Applications for projects in April to December 2023

Due to the extraordinarily high number of toolkit applications, and a limited budget, we are unable to grant any further financial support for toolkits in 2023 with the exception of toolkit applications with following purposes:

– Higher education promotion
– Sweden alumni relations
– Sweden 500 celebrations (maximum of 5 000 SEK)
– The Nobel Prize (a limited numer of applications)
You can of course also use all material on but without funding from us.

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Parts of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information please contact Sylvia Augustinsson and Kajsa Guterstam.