Plants are an excellent way to clean the air inside of a home, although we understand that not everyone knows how to care for them and usually end up dying. Then, how about a pair of curtains instead?
The idea that a curtain can act in any way as an air purifier, it may seem a little crazy, but IKEA says that it has created a product of this type and will launch it next year.
The giant furniture is offering few details about their new curtain call “Gunrid”, but it describes the tissue as a “surface treatment based on minerals”. In the video, the IKEA product developer, Mauricio Affonso, this indicates that it works in a similar way as does the photosynthesis process of plants, explaining that when the fabric comes in contact with the light, breaks down the pollutants common in the interior.
This suggests that there may be something similar to the titanium dioxide, a photocatalyst that has been used previously in several scenarios to address air pollution. IKEA says that it created the technology behind the air cleaner in conjunction with universities in Europe and Asia, as well as with suppliers and innovators at IKEA. We have contacted the company for more information on your curtain that eliminates the pollution and we will update if we do.
“In addition to allowing people to breathe better air at home, we hope that Gunrid increase the awareness of the people about the pollution of the air in the interior, to inspire behavior changes that will contribute to a world with clean air,” said Lena Pripp-Kovac, head of sustainability at IKEA. “Gunrid is the first product to use the technology, but the development will give us opportunities for future applications in other textiles”.
IKEA says that with the data of the World Health Organization which suggest that air pollution causes up to eight million deaths per year around the world, and to commit to do everything possible to improve the quality of the air we breathe to actively reduce the contaminants and to allow people to clean the air in their homes.
Other green efforts developed by IKEA include your initiative Better Air Now! that creates products from rice straw, a by-product of the rice industry that, otherwise, would be burned.
We’ll have to wait to see if the curtain only IKEA can purify effectively the air to the interior of your house, but in the meantime, if you want to clean the air in your home but you don’t want to take care of plants, an air purifier could achieve the task.
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