Ikea Purity

Ikea’s new curtains purify the air inside your house – Fast Company, 20 Feb 2019, Jesus Diaz

Nature’s Tech

The World Health Organization says that air pollution is the biggest environmental health risk on the planet. It causes heart and respiratory disease, cancer, and stroke. Scientists attribute 1 of every 8 deaths caused by those diseases to pollution. And if you think you’re safe at home, you’re wrong: Indoor pollution can be five times worse in some parts of the world. WHO says that while outdoor pollution kills an estimated 3 million people per year, indoor pollution kills 4.3 million.

In other words, we need all the help we can get – both indoors and outside. That’s the idea behind Gunrid, a new product from Ikea.

Through the WI Lens

Consciousness about poor air quality has been rising, and largely focuses on pollution from factories and particulates – the tiny toxic particles contained in emissions from diesel engines. Yet air pollution within the home is also a serious threat, arising from a range of sources, such as the chemically based fire retardants with which much modern furniture is treated. According to Fast Company’s article, “the World Health Organisation says that while outdoor pollution kills an estimated 3 million people per year, indoor pollution kills 4.3 million”. There are existing technologies around to tackle this issue, primarily involving complex filters and electronic processes. What’s remarkable about Gunrid is that it uses neither and instead simulates natural processes such as photosynthesis, by deploying a light-sensitive catalyst which breaks down dangerous chemicals. Simple and natural trumps complex and high tech when it comes to wellness solutions, not least because anything that depends upon electronic engineering tends to create new problems in solving existing ones. Even better, this is a solution that seemingly has immense potential to be incorporated into every piece of domestic upholstery – as well as in hotels, airports and other public places. Roll on 2020 when it hits an Ikea store near you!

Gut Feelings

April 16, 2019

Could Therapy Be Key To Treating Your IBS? – Huffington Post, 11 April 2019, Natasha Hinde

Radicalise Movement

April 2, 2019

Sitting down for too long may be causing 70,000 UK deaths a year – The Guardian, 26 March 2019, Nicola Davis

Humans Back In Vogue

March 26, 2019

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good – New York Times, 23 March 2019, Nellie Bowles

Sickness to Debt to Sickness

March 19, 2019

Americans Are Going Bankrupt From Getting Sick, The Atlantic, 15 March 2019, Olga Khazan

On The Money

March 12, 2019

Why the future of well-being isn’t about money www.weforum.org, 26 Feb 2019, Justin Dupuis

Bread Culture

March 5, 2019

With bread’s return to favor in the wellness world, consumers are ritualizing the baking process as an opportunity to slow down. JWT Intelligence, 28 February 2019, Emily Safian-Demers

Ikea Purity

February 26, 2019

Ikea’s new curtains purify the air inside your house – Fast Company, 20 Feb 2019, Jesus Diaz

Insectogeddon

February 19, 2019

Insectageddon – Politicians are complicit in the killing of our insects – we will be next – Guardian 12 February 2019 – Molly Scott Cato

Goop, Delta, Netflix

February 12, 2019

Goop Enters Netflix Deal: Has Pseudoscience Found A New Platform? Forbes, 9 Feb 2019, Bruce Y. Lee

Race Ready Workplace

February 5, 2019

5 ways work culture will change by 2030, Fast Company, February 4th 2019 Gwen Moran

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