Plastic Health Summit

I think of all the talks, Dr. Susan Shaw's on child waste pickers hit me the hardest. It hit me so hard in the heart. I can't even tell you, I had a lump in my throat. It was yet again, that reminder straight in your face of why I do what I do. I'm really grateful to her for that.” - Sian Sutherland, Co-Founder of A Plastic Planet

The 2021 Plastic Health Summit played host to dozens of scientists, policymakers, and activists who sounded the alarm on the exasperating plastic pollution crisis and its disastrous ecological and public health effects. The Summit made one thing clear: environmental health and human health are inextricably linked. 

Speakers from all over the world presented their groundbreaking science, told personal stories of environmental injustice, and provided inspiring solutions to the problem. Watch them all here.



  • Digital reach: > 1 billion
  • On-the-day online audience: > 200,000
  • 24 speakers from 9 nations
  • International media coverage
  • Results from groundbreaking new health research 
  • Plastic Health Summit 2023 confirmed


Thank you to all who came to Amsterdam and everyone who watched online. We’ll see you again at the third Plastic Health Summit in April, 2023!

Watch Dr. Shaw’s on-stage presentation from the Plastic Health Summit in 2019
Her presentation about the dangers of burning plastic in an increasingly fire-prone world  'When Plastics Burn' was called "the most powerful speech of the Summit" by event director Maria Westerbos and was viewed by an online audience of 4 million worldwide.