Who knew curtains would be the air-purification product of the future? IKEA has announced it will create a new air-purifying curtain to clean the air in your home.
Forever at the forefront of design innovation, IKEA has been working on a pair of curtains with air-cleaning abilities – and it won’t be long before you can take them home.
Air pollution is a global issue and particularly impacts people who live in megacities. In fact, the World Health Organisation says 90% of us are breathing polluted air and the flow-on effects of this are estimated to cause eight million deaths annually.
There’s plenty to be done when it comes to cleaning up our air and IKEA are starting in the home, where we all spend the most time, with a pair of air purifying curtains called Gunrid.
“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 curtains are developed with a mineral-based surface treatment, which enables the fabric to break down air pollutants when it comes in contact with light. The way it works is said to be “similar to photosynthesis found in nature”.
The technology was developed by the Swedish furniture giant together with universities in Europe and Asia.
“For me, it’s important to work on products that solve actual problems and are relevant to people,” says Mauricio Affonso, product developer at IKEA Range & Supply.
“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.”
Gunrid curtains will be available in stores in 2020.