Styrene Information & Research Center
New Styrene Website!
SIRC has launched www.YouKnowStyrene.org to serve as a reliable, one-stop source of information on styrene and styrene-based products for consumers, educators, the media, industry employees and communities. Visit it today!
What is Styrene?
Styrene ['stī-,rēn] is a clear, colorless liquid that is a component of materials used to make thousands of everyday products for home, school, work and play. Styrene is used in everything from food containers and packaging materials to cars, boats, computers, and video games. Derived from petroleum and natural gas by-products, styrene helps create thousands of remarkably strong, flexible, and light-weight products, representing a vital part of the U.S. economy and quality of life.
The styrene used in these products is manufactured synthetically in petrochemical plants. However, styrene also occurs naturally in the environment and is present in many common foods, such as coffee, strawberries, and cinnamon.
Styrene Information & Research Center's Mission
SIRC’s mission is the collection, development, analysis and communication of pertinent information on styrene. The organization’s principal objectives are:
- To develop sound medical, scientific and technical information for the guidance of industry and federal/state regulators on health and environmental issues associated with styrene.
- To communicate this information effectively to plant managers, employees and communities, as well as federal, state and local officials, and the news media.
- To promote fair and equitable federal and state regulations that affect styrene.
Download a PDF of SIRC’s brochure: Styrene: A Building Block for Essential Products
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