According to WHO around 90% of people worldwide breathe polluted air, which is estimated to cause eight million deaths per year. Doing its own bit to combat this, the Swedish home brand has introduced Gunrid. A mineral-based surface treatment enables the new IKEA curtain to break down air pollutants when it gets in contact with light.
Besides enabling people to breathe better air at home, we hope that GUNRID will increase people’s awareness of indoor air pollution, inspiring behavioural changes that contribute to a world of clean air,” says Lena Pripp-Kovac, head of sustainability at Inter IKEA Group. “GUNRID is the first product to use the technology, but the development will give us opportunities for future applications on other textiles.”
The way it works is similar to photosynthesis found in nature, where in toxins are broken down when the surface gets in contact with both outdoor and indoor light.
“Textiles are used across homes and by enabling a curtain to purify the air, we are creating an affordable and space-saving air purifying solution that also makes the home more beautiful,” says Mauricio Affonso, product developer at IKEA Range & Supply.
The GUNRID air purifying curtain will be available in IKEA stores next year.