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IKEAs Newest Product Can Dress Your Windowsand Save Your Life


Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Sunday, March 10, 2019

But, sometimes IKEA does something extra cool that deserves attention, and this is one of those times. The company has developed your next must-have item: A curtain named GUNRID that essentially uses photosynthesis to clean the air in the room. Not only will you want to swap our all your other window coverings for this new curtain, but its introduction could also have important health consequences all around the world.
ldquo;Air pollution within the home causes 3.8 million deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization WHO,rdquo; said EcoWatch. ldquo;A recent University of Colorado in Boulder study reported by The Guardian found that cooking a full Thanksgiving meal could raise levels of particulate matter 2.5 in the house higher than the levels averaged in New Delhi, the worlds sixth most polluted city.rdquo;

In fact, air pollution is the greatest environmental health risk on Earth, per WHO, causing everything from cancer to heart and respiratory disease to stroke. ldquo;And if you think yoursquo;re safe at home, yoursquo;re wrong: Indoor pollution can be five times worse in some parts of the world,rdquo; said Fast Company. ldquo;WHO says that while outdoor pollution kills an estimated 3 million people per year, indoor pollution kills 4.3 million.rdquo;

Lena Pripp-Kovac, Head of Sustainability at Inter IKEA Group, said in a company news >

GUNRID uses a ldquo;mineral-based surface treatmentrdquo; that can break down air pollutants in the home when the curtain comes into contact with light. As the company notes, ldquo;Other versions of this photocatalyst have been around before, but IKEArsquo;s version is the first that can be activated by indoor lightmdash;not just sunlight.rdquo;

This isnrsquo;t the first effort IKEA has made to be more eco-friendly. Per the >

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