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California May Ban Fiberglass From Mattresses and Other Furniture: What It Means for You

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On Sept. 8, the California Senate approved a bill that bans the use of fiberglass in mattresses and upholstered furniture. The ban includes the use of other toxic and chemical retardant materials. The bill is now at the will of the state Assembly and, if approved, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2027. 

“Manufacturers must meet fire safety standards, and I feel confident they can do so without the use of fiberglass or any toxic or unhealthy components,” said Laura Friedman, assemblymember and author of this bill.  

“Manufacturers on many fronts are responding to the demands of health experts, consumers and lawmakers to make their products comfortable, effective and attractive without increasing exposure to unnecessary and often harmful chemicals,” she added. 

A recent study from the California Department of Public Health found that while some mattresses claim to be chemical free,  fiberglass may still be found in or under the mattress cover. While some mattresses have the CertiPur-US certification, this award often only includes the foam, not its cover (where fiberglass can…

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