It’s tucked safely behind the walls they said. Oh wait... it’s in my bed. That's right, some of us are sleeping on tiny strands of glass. Because of mandatory flammability standards for mattresses, some companies are putting fiberglass in the mattresses to meet the guidelines, while others are adding chemicals.
When our dog sneezed every time she walked over to our bed it was a sign something was in the air, but never did we imagine it would be floating glass. Sure enough, our bed was wrapped in a glass blanket. The label said it was 64% glass fibers. This type of blanket is also sometimes called a silica sock.
Before making the decision to toss the mattress we tried simply removing the fiberglass cover.
Thank goodness we were outside, because while the cover looked nice and soft, it left tiny sharp, glittery strands of glass all over everything.
The glass was everywhere, sticking to everything and my lungs began to hurt.
We bought a mattress that was made of latex and sheep wool to replace our memory foam fiberglass mattress, as sheep wool meets the flame retardant guidelines.
Sharon Maguire - Updated 10-22-2019