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Inorganic Chemicals

Ikea to introduce pollution-fighting curtains

by Michael McCoy
March 1, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 9

 

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Credit: Ikea
Mauricio Affonso, an Ikea product developer, holds up new Gunrid curtains.

The home-goods retailer Ikea plans to launch window curtains next year that are treated with an undisclosed photocatalyst to break down indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde. A video Ikea released to tout the curtains cites titanium dioxide, a catalytic mineral that has been coated on fabric to reduce organic compounds in the air. However, Ikea tells C&EN that the video shows an example of a mechanism and “should not be seen as a final or full solution.”

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