After More Than a Year of Waiting, IKEA Has Launched Its Purifying Curtains
And we could all use a breath of fresh air.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:36 AM
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With all this time you’ve been spending inside, you’ve probably questioned the cleanliness of your home once or twice. Dust bunnies and coffee rings are easy to take care of—it’s the things you can’t see, like hazardous air pollutants, that are the problem. Fortunately, IKEA’s newest product is here to clear a few things up.
The Swedish retailer first announced the news of its air-purifying Gunrid curtain ($30) in February 2019, but now the product is available to shop online. So how does it work? It’s akin to photosynthesis. The fabric is coated with a photocatalyst mineral that causes pollutants to break down when daylight hits the surface, thus preventing harmful emissions (think: nitrogen oxides from gas cooking) from spreading throughout the home. You can also feel good about the fact that the textile is made out of recycled PET bottles.
“Besides enabling people to breathe better at home, we hope that Gunrid will increase people’s awareness of indoor air pollution, inspiring behavioral changes that contribute to a world of clean air,” says Lena Pripp-Kovac, head of sustainability at Inter IKEA Group. This innovative treatment won’t solve the world’s problems, but the product certainly brings new meaning to a decor refresh.
This story was originally published on February 19, 2019. It has been updated with new information.