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BRIEFINGS

SWATCHES

Future furnishing for cleaner air

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The technology that enables IKEA curtains
to purify the air can be applied to any textile.
GUNRID curtains will be available in stores
next year. Photos: ©Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

14 REVIEW JUNE 2019

s air pollution continues to be a serious issue, particularly in urban
areas, the quality of indoor air is also a concern. The World Health
Organization estimates that about 90 percent of people worldwide
breathe polluted air, resulting in an estimated eight million deaths
each year. With these statistics, mitigating air pollution in homes
is an important consideration for family health.
IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings retailer, has made a
commitment to contribute to clean air by actively reducing air pollutants
in company practices-and by helping people purify the air in their
homes. To that end, IKEA has developed a curtain that cleans the air.
The GUNRID curtain purifies the air using technology similar to
the photosynthesis process found in nature. A mineral-based surface
treatment applied to the textile acts as a photocatalyst, enabling the
curtain to break down air pollutants in contact with both indoor and
outdoor light.
Developed by IKEA in collaboration with European and Asian
universities, and their suppliers and innovators, GUNRID is designed
to help people breathe better at home and raise awareness about
indoor air pollution to inspire changes that contribute to clean air
globally. While the GUNRID is the first IKEA product to use the
technology, the company anticipates future applications on other
textiles. For more information, visit www.ikea.com.


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