The World's First Plastic Health Summit

World on Fire: When Plastics Burn

“If we cannot protect the world's children now, how can we hope to protect them when the industry doubles the production of plastics in the coming decade?”

As US Liaison to the Plastic Health Coalition, Dr. Susan Shaw was invited to give an on-stage presentation about the unique threats posed by our increasingly synthetic and fire-prone world. 'When Plastics Burn' was called "the most powerful speech of the Summit" by event director Maria Westerbos. 

Read more: Does Burning Plastic Make Us Sick?


What health risks do plastics pose to the human body? The first-ever Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam was a great success. Organized by Plastic Soup Foundation and Plastic Health Coalition, to which Shaw Institute is the official US Science Liaison, the event united researchers, policy experts, and media from all over the world to confront the urgent question: Are plastics making us sick? 

Combining science with activism, the Plastic Health Summit effectively launched an international debate into the health impacts of micro and nano plastics and chemical additives on the human body. Dr. Susan Shaw describes it as "a turning point in the plastic crisis." 

                   The Breakdown: PHS 2019
  • Digital reach: >240 million social media engagements
  • +300 attendees
  • On-the-day online audience: 8 million
  • 36 speakers from 14 nations
  • International media coverage
  • Results from groundbreaking new health research 
  • Plastic Health Summit 2020 & 2021 confirmed 
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#PHS2019 Highlights