Styrene may be present in food containers, carpet, rubber, foam packaging, insulation and other products.

This petroleum by-product is used to make polystyrene (also known as Styrofoamâ„¢), plastics, rubber, and resins and can be found in packaging, drinking cups, and food containers. Unfortunately it can also put people at increased risk for cancer and other diseases.

Potential health effects include:

Commonly found in:

Consumer tips:
Avoid Styrofoam cups and containers, which are usually labeled with the number 6 recycling logo.

When shopping for groceries, select items that are unwrapped, or wrapped in non-polystyrene materials.

Tell retailers to stop selling products made with styrene and other chemicals.

* Under our weak federal laws, it’s impossible for us to know all the uses of styrene in consumer products. As a result, this is not an exhaustive list of all products containing styrene.