Does Zinus Have Fiberglass? Not Since 2024! may earn commissions from Amazon and other affiliates through links in this article.

In 2019 while shopping for my daughter’s first “big girl bed”, Zinus was one of the mattress brands I was considering. That’s how I was first introduced to fiberglass being used as a flame retardant in mattresses.

Although it was largely overlooked in 2019, I knew right away that fiberglass in mattresses was a huge problem. The lawsuits against Zinus, that followed soon after, confirmed my apprehensions.

The Good News – Zinus Recognized the Fiberglass Problem

Lawsuits didn’t stop Zinus from using fiberglass, they just forced Zinus to adequately label its products with a warning about fiberglass and to not remove the outer cover. Zinus also made a FAQ post on its website regarding the fiberglass used in its mattresses.

I got in touch with Zinus in late 2023 to ask about fiberglass in its mattresses. As expected, Zinus told me that its mattresses still consisted of a fiberglass flame barrier in 2023.

However, Zinus also told me that it was transitioning to a Rayon-based flame barrier soon, and that all fiberglass would be eliminated from the construction of its mattresses.

Does Zinus Still Have Fiberglass Yes 1

“..we are transitioning away from using fiberglass to a rayon-based fire safety barrier in all of our mattress.” – Zinus

Sadly, Zinus could offer no timeline for when fiberglass would be completely eliminated as a material in its mattresses. I decided to wait a few months and then check back in.

Does Zinus Still Have Fiberglass Yes 2

“..we cannot provide any exact information into when it will be phased out..” -Zinus

Zinus Fiberglass-Free in 2024

Now in 2024, Zinus has completely removed fiberglass from their mattress materials. You can read about Zinus’ new flame barrier on its Mattresses and Fire Safety page that states this:

“Today, newly manufactured Zinus mattresses use a carbon-rayon sleeve to protect our customers in the unlikely event of a fire.” -Zinus

It’s great to see that Zinus mattresses are finally fiberglass-free!

When it comes to affordable mattresses, Zinus makes some of the most comfortable and long lasting options, so it’s nice to be able to safely recommend them to potential buyers.

The Bad News – Old Zinus Mattresses Contain Fiberglass

Originally, I learned about fiberglass in Zinus mattresses from reviews on Amazon. People had left reviews on the Zinus Green Tea mattress, saying fiberglass had leaked from the mattresses and spread all over their bedrooms.

I worked doing construction when I was fresh out of high school, so I immediately had a terrible image in my head of sleeping on the itchy pink insulation from inside the walls of my house.

Confirming Fiberglass Directly From Zinus in 2019

To be honest, I really didn’t believe the Zinus reviews that mentioned fiberglass. I thought to myself, there’s no freaking way that manufacturers would put fiberglass into something that people lay down on for approximately eight hours each day. That shimmery fiber people were seeing must be polyester since the fibers can be quite shiny, right?

I decided to contact Zinus directly and as for myself. The Zinus website had a chat function and I decided to use that to get in touch. I plainly asked the Zinus representative this question through the chat – “Do any of your mattresses contain fiberglass?”

This is the reply I got from Zinus about fiberglass back in 2019:

“All our mattresses contain glass fiber.” -Zinus

I knew immediately that not having a Zinus mattress was the only sane option after that reply.

Searching Google For Fiberglass in Zinus Mattresses

I did some searching on Google regarding fiberglass in Amazon mattresses, and not just Zinus but also other big names like Casper, Molblly, Sweetnight, and Nectar. There were quite a few reports of fiberglass for all the brands I was looking at, some going back up to three years.

There were a few posts about Zinus and Fiberglass on Reddit, and a few news articles. The one that caught my eye the most was a 2017 AZFamily News report on YouTube of a lady that had to move out of her home because of fiberglass from a Zinus mattress. The mattress in the video is a Spa Sensations brand mattress from Walmart, and it’s made by Zinus.

Although these people made the mistake of removing the cover for washing while the website said to only spot clean, it was an innocent mistake. Who could fathom that removing a zippered mattress cover would contaminate their entire home with fiberglass threads?

Also, what if the non-removable mattress cover was ripped by pets or accidentally torn while being moved? It’s insane to think that anyone ever thought fiberglass was a good flame retardant to use in mattresses.

Why Zinus Used Fiberglass in Mattresses

Since 2007, and the regulations laid out in Federal Regulations 16 CFR Part 1632 and 16 CFR Part 1633, mattresses sold in The United States have been required to pass certain flammability tests. Initially these tests were passed easily with chemicals like Antimony Trioxide, Boric Acid, Melamine, and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), but then manufacturers started catching heat over their use of toxic chemicals in mattresses.

Mattress makers then figured out the easiest and cheapest way to pass those flammability tests without using chemicals or losing too much profit. Fiberglass became the new favorite profit-saving flame retardant in cheap mattresses sold by companies like Zinus through Amazon and Walmart.

The Dangers of Fiberglass in Zinus Mattresses

Fiberglass is essentially a very thin glass thread that’s encased in a coating of resin to help protect the brittle glass from breaking too easily. While it’s great as an insulator in the walls of buildings, and in the construction of boat hulls, it’s not very safe.

Flame-retardant inner covers of Zinus mattresses break down, and the glass threads become dislodged from the cover. The glass threads are so thin that they can escape the mattress by poking through the fabric of the outer cover, even if the cover isn’t removed. Damaging the outer cover, or removing it, just speeds up the release of fiberglass – but it gets released either way.

While fiberglass isn’t proven to be carcinogenic, inhalation of fiberglass can aggravate allergies, asthma, and bronchitis. The small glass shards in fiberglass can cause tiny skin abrasions, cut the skin, and get stuck in the skin like splinters. It’s for these reasons that professionals working with fiberglass generally wear respirators and other protective gear like gloves and even full hazmat suits.

The Zinus Fiberglass Mattress Class Action Lawsuits

The problem of fiberglass in Zinus mattresses flew under the radar for many years, mostly just resulting in complaints to the CPSC and few bad reviews on the Better Business Bureau, Walmart, and Amazon websites. When I published my first article on this website regarding fiberglass in mattresses, the problem had already been going on for over 2 years without any repercussions for Zinus.

But then, on February 13, 2020, a KMOV St. Louis released a news article titled News 4 Investigates: The Danger Lurking in your Mattress accompanied by a YouTube video which gained a lot of attention.

Less than a month later on March 12, 2020, a class action lawsuit was filed against Zinus and its retailers Amazon, eBay, Target, Walmart, and Wayfair. The class action lawsuit stated, among other things, that Zinus and its retailers were selling mattresses with catastrophic design defects coupled with inadequate labels which resulted in large amounts of fiberglass leaking into and contaminating the surrounding areas of the mattresses.

Even months later, the fiberglass lawsuit involving Zinus was still drawing attention in the news. My fiberglass free mattress guide was receiving more visitors than ever before.

On August 7th, 2022, another class action lawsuit was filed against Zinus by the Environmental Litigation Group (ELG) on behalf of a woman in California.

The lawsuit basically stated that if the fiberglass inner covers on Zinus mattresses were breaking down enough for fibers to escape the mattress, that meant the flame-retardant capabilities were diminished and the mattresses therefore defective.

The lawsuit also stated that putting a zipper on a mattress with potentially dangerous fiberglass inside was irresponsible without prominent labels that warned against removing the outer cover. Interestingly, ELG also stated that some older Spa Sensations mattresses by Zinus had tags that allegedly recommended removing the outer cover for cleaning, which would inevitably release the fiberglass threads.

After Effects of the Zinus Mattress Lawsuits

The lawsuits against Zinus kept fiberglass mattresses in the national spotlight. Many news outlets released articles and reports highlighting the lawsuit and fiberglass dangers, like this WTAE video.

Reddit exploded with people sharing their own fiberglass mattress horror stories, so much that a moderator on the r/mattress subreddit had to make a post addressing fiberglass mattresses.

YouTube has dozens of videos of people showing how Zinus and other mattress brands have contaminated their living areas with fiberlass shards.

Final Thoughts on Zinus Fiberglass Mattresses

It’s great that Zinus eventually stopped using fiberglass, seeing as they are a top selling mattress brand.

However, great care should still be taken if buying a New-Old-Stock or Second-Hand Zinus mattress, because if it was made prior to 2023, it could contain potentially dangerous fiberglass.

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Last Updated on April 25, 2024