California Senate approves ban on fiberglass in upholstered furniture

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Senate passed a state-wide ban on the sale of mattresses and upholstered furniture containing fiberglass and other toxic flame retardant chemicals. The bill passed on a bipartisan vote of 35 – 3. 

The legislation, Assembly Bill 1059, authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), now heads to the state Assembly for a concurrence vote. If enacted, the ban would take effect on January 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 Friedman. 

“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 said.

The Environmental Working Group is sponsoring the bill, which would also prohibit upholsterers from using fiberglass to repair or reupholster mattresses and furniture in California.

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