August 12, 2022
Fiberglass is a material that has been used in mattresses for its strength and resilience. It is strong enough to hold a person’s weight without losing shape while also being flexible enough to conform to their body.
Some mattress manufacturers claim to use components known as Fire Resistant (FR) Socks. Two types of FR Socks include mattresses:
However, the negative effects of fiberglass in mattresses might lead to allergen issues, eventually leading to skin reactions, breathing problems, and even damage to household items. The use of fiberglass creates three major problems:
Several documented cases of people experiencing asthma and breathing-related problems are directly linked to fiberglass use. According to the American Lung Association, over 300 million Americans have asthma and other lung conditions. It is estimated that most of these illnesses are caused or exacerbated by exposure to glass shards in the air.
Skin allergies are one of the most common side effects of exposure to fiberglass. The skin can react to the material, causing irritation, rashes, and burns.
This is a serious issue for those with a history of eczema or other skin conditions that make them more susceptible to severe reactions. If you have such a condition and have been sleeping in a mattress containing fiberglass, it may be time to reconsider your choice.
These include irritation, itching and burning of the eyes; redness; blurred vision; painful or watery eyes; excessive tearing; and eyelid swelling.
Tiny fiberglass pieces can become airborne at any point during the manufacturing process. If you inhale these particles, they may cause an asthma attack or other respiratory problems. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has labeled fiberglass as a “potential occupational carcinogen” due to its potential for causing mesothelioma cancer if inhaled regularly over time or in large doses over short periods (such as working on a construction site).
A mattress made with fiberglass could cause permanent skin damage both under and above the surface; eye damage; respiratory problems like asthma or breathing-related issues; permanent eye damage; and permanent skin irritation.
If you are considering buying a mattress with fiberglass, please think again! Here’s how some mattress manufacturers are reacting to the use of fiberglass in mattress construction.
Harvest manufactures 100% natural and fiberglass-free mattresses. They incorporate natural wool into manufacturing, which is a federally compliant material. Wool is a naturally flame-resistant material; compared to other filling or textile fabrics, wool takes a higher temperature to catch fire. Mattresses at Harvest do not contain any chemically treated fillings or covers. A natural cotton cover with intrinsic hydrated silica is employed to meet US flammability regulations. This cover is entirely GOTS Certified and does not include any polyester fibers.
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About John Hamlin
John Hamlin is a freelance writer who has a background in engineering. With a keen interest in technology and writing, John has been working online providing insight and direction for many years. His latest work has been on a compilation of industrial manufacturing techniques.
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