Fighting against litter – together!

At Skampålens torg in Djurgårdsstaden back in the day, anyone who littered would be tied to a pole for public viewing and shaming. The pole was stolen on a dark autumn night in 1849 and never seen again. We are just as careful as people were back then when it comes to keeping Djurgården clean and tidy. However, we obviously choose far less drastic methods when it comes to getting there (so don’t worry, you won’t be tied to a pole if you litter). But we will be happy and grateful if you help us to keep Djurgården clean and tidy.

Royal Djurgården is an important part of the world’s first Royal National City Park. It has been a place for recreation and entertainment for hundreds of years. Those of us who work here want to contribute to the sustainable development of Djurgården. This is to ensure that it can still be used in this way for at least the same length of time into the future. The Baltic Sea and its beaches are already heavily polluted. It takes between 500 and 1000 years for plastic to decompose. This means that a lot of it ends up as micro plastics in our oceans.

Plastic initiative

In spring 2019, 30 of Djurgården’s attractions joined forces to turn things around and take Djurgården’s development in a positive direction. Some of the things we have been doing include: reducing our use of plastic and using reusable items instead of single-use, taking action against littering, working together on new ideas and solutions, improving and increasing recycling and inspiring others to change.

Good examples

Here are some examples of what we have done so far; perhaps they’ll serve as inspiration for changing your own habits…

ABBA The Museum is working with its suppliers to reduce plastic usage and has stopped using PET bottles.
Gröna Lund is phasing out its use of single-use plastic and using eco-friendly materials instead.
Lilla Hasselbacken has completely phased out plastic cutlery and has instead switched to eco-friendly alternatives for takeaway.
Tekniska by Pontus has stopped using plastic and is working with its suppliers to reduce their plastic use too. Tekniska museet has removed all plastic pens from its conference room.
The Viking Museum and Sjöcaféet are phasing out their use of plastic.
Krogen Stora Gungan and the Vasa Museum have stopped using single-use plastic.
The Thiel Gallery and Djurgårdsboden have stopped using plastic bags.
Ocean Bus has stopped using plastic.
The Museum of Spirits no longer uses any single-use items.

The more of us there are getting involved, the more fun it will be…

…and we want to encourage our guests to join the fight against litter. Every year we arrange litter-picking days together with Håll Sverige Rent (’Keep Sweden Clean’). We also do underwater clean-up dives with Rena Botten, where anyone and everyone is welcome to participate. We always welcome good ideas and initiatives and are open to exploring exciting new partnerships when it comes to the sustainable development of Stockholm’s large, green and beautiful island.

Djurgården’s attractions are making a positive contribution by reducing their use of plastic and single-use items (12.2,5)

We are helping to reduce ocean pollution through litter-picking (12.2,5)

We are working together in the fight against littering (12.2,5)