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    Watchdog

    Quiet Mark appear on BBC Watchdog

    Quiet Mark appear on BBC Watchdog

    Watchdog, 2017-08-08

    Quiet Mark appeared on BBC Watchdog, July 19th, 2017. Brian Blessed and Poppy Szkiler investigate the issues with product noise.The programme also discovered Brian Blessed is louder than a jet engine at 117 decibels.View programme from 43 minutes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08yz40t/watchdog-series-38-episode-4  ...

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    Daily Mail

    Quiet please! Loathe noisy gadgets? The new breed of hush-hush tech could be the answer

    Quiet please! Loathe noisy gadgets? The new breed of hush-hush tech could be the answer

    Daily Mail , 2019-03-28

    Alice Smellie’s DAILY MAIL Quiet Mark Consumer Feature interview with Poppy Szkiler in FEMAIL out today to 1.8 million readers, 280 million unique online, featuring Quiet Mark awarded product line up: Alice’s TRY BEFORE YOU BUY pick of the quietest home tech: dishwashers, hair-dryers, kettles, vacuum cleaners, food mixers, tooth-brushes…. Read more: https://www. ...

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  • Stylist logo
    Stylist

    I can't hear myself work

    I can't hear myself work

    Stylist, 2017-11-01

    Do you function better amid the chatter of colleagues, or dream about working in total silence? Stylist investigates office volume wars.Colleague one turns the radio on. Colleague Two turns the radio off. Colleague one turns it back on again. Colleague Three complains loudly, about Colleague One's taste in music and a spirited debate ensues. Read more here: https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/careers/office-volume-wars-debate-magazine-issue387/63 ...

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    Unilad

    The Reason The iPhone Alarm Tone Is So Annoying

    The Reason The iPhone Alarm Tone Is So Annoying

    Unilad, 2017-11-01

    Own an iPhone? know someone who owns an iPhone? Chances are if you're a human being from Earth you'll have answered yes to at least one of those questions, and we've got some news that's going to rock your world.The clocks go back an hour overnight (October 29) at 2am, which doesn't cause as much confusion as it used to what with our fancy smartphones and their ability to change time zones and daylight savings settings automatically.Read more:&nb ...

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    Daily Express

    Is silence the best way to a stress-free life?

    Is silence the best way to a stress-free life

    Daily Express, 2018-01-09

    The constant barrage and blare of unwanted noise in our daily lives can damage our mental and physical wellbeing. Here POPPY SZKILER gives 10 reasons to make this year a quiet one.We all know how vital it is to get a little peace and quiet at times but how often do we actually manage to achieve that?From pinging mobiles to the thump of music escaping from headphones, loudly spinning washing machines and rowdy neighbours, we are surrounded by exce ...

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    Best washer dryer 2018

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    Best washer dryer 2018

    The Evening Standard, 2018-02-01

    Washer/dryers have something of a bad reputation – people just don’t believe that they’re very good at either. But the luxury of having separate machines is one that many either cannot afford or don’t have the space for, so a combo is what must suffice. Plus, most of us long-suffering Londoners are so fed up of sacrificing every available surface to drying laundry that it’s a compromise we’re willing to make.This ‘Jack of all trades ...

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    SelfBuild & Design

    10 ways to help achieve quiet in the home

    10 ways to help achieve quiet in the home

    SelfBuild & Design, 2019-06-11

    Quiet Mark encourages companies to find solutions to noise problems. Here MD Poppy Szkiler suggests some products that should help to make a home a quieter, more peaceful place. ...

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    kb-eye.com

    Sonic Transformation for Kitchen and Bathrooms

    Sonic Transformation for Kitchen and Bathrooms

    kb-eye.com, 2018-05-21

    Quiet Mark founder Poppy Szkiler joins us this week to share her expertise in a discussion of sound reducing technology, and why it’s so important in the kitchen and bathroom.Why is sound reduction so important?“Many of us would love our homes to be a place of sanctuary, an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but noisy household appliances often mean our homes can be anything but peaceful.The World Health Organisation reports ...

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    Ideal Home

    Have a quieter life with clever appliances

    Have a quieter life with clever appliances

    Ideal Home, 2019-01-28

    “With open-plan living, people are more conscious of how the impact of several appliances will affect their day-to-day living space and busy lifestyles. For instance, why blast a 105 decibel hairdryer when there are equally powerful new models out now that are 30dB less?” Poppy Szkiler MD Quiet Mark ...

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    The Sunday Times

    Tried and Tested: Four of the best quiet appliances

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    Tried and Tested: Four of the best quiet appliances

    The Sunday Times, 2018-10-14

    These appliances have won Quiet Mark awards after acoustic tests deemed them among the quietest in their category.Read full article: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/four-of-the-best-quiet-appliances-nwws27rjs ...

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    Psychologies

    Defining Silence

    Defining Silence

    Psychologies , 2018-04-15

    Defining silenceIn his meditation on silence, it is the cacophony within that poses the biggest challenge, discovers nature writer Paul RushtonSnatches of true silence can be found in far-flung places - areas devoid of human sound: the glacial wilds of Patagonia; the Peruvian Amazon and the foothills of the Himalayas. I have also found complete silence while camping alone in the Kentish woodland and, most locally, while meditating. I've found ech ...

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    Metro

    The 12 best coffee machines to buy in 2018

    The 12 best coffee machines to buy in 2018

    Metro, 2018-03-20

    Skip the morning queues and soul-destroying expense and make your own barista level brew at home in 2018. It’s never been easier to make good coffee in the comfort of your kitchen and this year brings with it some incredible new offerings – from smart coffee makers, to self-cleaning, remote control access and the super-pods. So whether you like cappuccinos or macchiatos, espressos or flat whites, here are some of the best machines we’ve tes ...

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    The Evening Standard

    Best cooling fans 2018

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    Best cooling fans 2018

    The Evening Standard, 2018-04-27

    In case you hadn’t noticed, the weather has been warming up nicely in the capital.One of the best ways to keep your cool when it's sweltering outside is with an indoor fan. But with several types to choose from, choosing the right one for your space requires some careful thought. The most safest and quietest option of them all is a bladeless fan. Dyson's range of blade-free cooling machines are designed to draw in the surrounding air to cr ...

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    Daily Express

    Built for Space Age

    Built for Space Age

    Daily Express, 2018-09-03

    AS NEW-BUILD homes become evermore compact many of us are looking for clever solutions to create more space in high-use rooms, with kitchens topping the list. Now kitchen suppliers and manufacturers are responding to the challenge with compact appliances and cupboards that can fit more kit into smaller spaces.Read more: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/property/1006789/property-home-appliances-worktops-microwaves-magnet-caple  ...

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    Yorkshire Post

    Quiet revolution cuts noise at home

    Quiet revolution cuts noise at home

    Yorkshire Post, 2018-09-03

    Noise can be harmful to your health so here are some tips on how to make your home a peaceful haven. Sharon Dale reports. The sound of silence is rare in a world filled with a cacophony of traffic noise, TVs on top volume, loud neighbours, lawnmowers and barking dogs. The list goes on, and not only is it annoying, it’s bad for your health, which is why turning your home into a peaceful haven is important for wellbeing.Read more: https://ww ...

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    Daily Mail

    How to protect your home from the infernal racket of everyday life: Golden property rules for peace and quiet

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    How to protect your home from the infernal racket of everyday life: Golden property rules for peace and quiet

    Daily Mail, 2017-09-17

    We’re living in a hullabaloo. Whether it’s barking dogs, road traffic or builders thrashing away next door.Peace and quiet has never been so hard to find and it’s even affecting our health. A recent study of 65,000 people by the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre in Copenhagen found that couples living close to busy streets took from six months to a year longer to conceive than those living in quiet areas. Read more:  ...

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    The Guardian

    Noisy vacuum cleaners will bite the dust under new EU rules

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    Noisy vacuum cleaners will bite the dust under new EU rules

    The Guardian, 2017-08-12

    A ban on the sale of deafening vacuum cleaners, with a noise level above 80 decibels, will come into force at the start of next month in the UK (and other EU countries) under new European rules designed to boost energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions.When Which? tested most new vacuums, it found that noise levels varied dramatically from 65 up to 90 decibels – that’s the difference between the sound of a conversation a metre away to ...

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    The Sunday Times

    Silence is Golden

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    Silence is Golden

    The Sunday Times, 2016-10-09

    The founder of Quiet Mark is on a mission to turn down the noise of modern life. Her tip for achieving serenity? Spend an hour a day listening to the birds, she tells Caroline Scott ...

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    The Sunday Times

    Bliss: silent rise of the quiet home

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    Bliss: silent rise of the quiet home

    The Sunday Times, 2016-06-19

    DISTURBED by a powerful hairdryer blaring at dawn or house-proud neighbours vacuuming late into the night? Help may be at hand. High street retailers are facing growing pressure to put noise ratings on household appliances as sales of “soundproofed” products reach a record high. Some domestic items, including vacuum cleaners, already often provide decibel ratings but others, such as food processors that can make a racket of up to 90 decibel ...

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    EU energy labelling and 80db noise limit for vacuum cleaners

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    EU energy labelling and 80db noise limit for vacuum cleaners

    ITV, 2017-09-04

    The new energy rule means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 900 watts.Vacuum cleaners are subject to EU energy labelling and ecodesign requirements.See clip: https://www.itv.com/news/2017-09-01/last-models-to-be-hoovered-up-as-powerful-vacuum-cleaners-face-ban/  ...

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    Organise Your Laundry Room : Soundproofing

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    Quiet Mark helps consumers lower the racket coming from the laundry room ........

    The Sunday Times, 2017-07-16

    Noise can be an issue in the laundry room. Some spin cycles are loud enough to interfere with listening to the radio in the kitchen next door. Rather than investing in soundproofing for the room (though you could replace the door with a more substantial one, or hang a curtain on the kitchen side), check out the new, quieter appliances on offer. John Lewis sells a range with Quiet Mark certification. ...

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    Harpers Bazaar

    How City noise is slowly killing you

    How City noise is slowly killing you

    Harpers Bazaar, 2017-08-08

    When Kasia Galazka, a 31-year-old marketing writer in Atlanta, hears a car horn, she feels like she’s been electrocuted. “It’s like my nerves are permanently doused in kerosene, and any loud noise is like throwing a match,” she says. “I don’t talk about it often, because I feel like people would think I'm exaggerating or complaining.” But it turns out Galazka’s not overly sensitive or strangely wired—she just might notice the co ...

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    LA Times

    Review: Silence is indeed golden in the documentary 'In Pursuit of Silence'

    Review: Silence is indeed golden in the documentary 'In Pursuit of Silence'

    LA Times, 2017-08-08

    A lone tree sits in a field of the greenest grass. That’s it. It’s nothing but it’s everything, a vision of the kind of wordless tranquility we are likely searching for but even likelier finding hard to achieve.That shot opens “In Pursuit of Silence,” a remarkable documentary that paradoxically proves that when it comes to silence, there is a lot to be said as well as a great deal to be shown.Read more: http://www.latimes.com/ ...

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    10 futuristic household appliances that will make your life so much better

    10 futuristic household appliances that will make your life so much better

    Metro, 2017-08-08

    Domesticity needn’t be the domain of the dull.As smart technology becomes more and more accessible, it is rapidly transforming even the most mundane of household tasks into something kind of wonderful.From a kettle that welcomes you home and offers you tea to a smoke alarm that can tell the difference between a house fire and burned toast, gadgets have got smarter than ever before.You can control almost all of them from your phone too –Read m ...

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    The Evening Standard

    How noise-cancelling gadgets like Hushme and Muzo are revolutionising Londoner's commutes

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    Drown out the racket with gadgets to mute secret conversations and accessories for stealth silencing, says Samuel Fishwick

    The Evening Standard, 2017-02-23

    The best gadgets should be seen and not heard. Noisy ringtones and tinny earphones, for so long the commuter’s most infuriating bugbear, are being given the silent treatment by new technologies that, like us, simply yearn for a moment of calm.Noise-cancelling headphones are now so effective that they’ve created a whole office sub-culture: headphoning, verb, when a person puts their headphones on and pretends to be listening to music, when in ...

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    House Beautiful

    Reducing noise can help us to feel healthier

    Reducing noise can help us feel healthier

    House Beautiful, 2017-03-20

    Poppy Szkiler, founder of Quiet Mark, explains the potential effects excessive noise can have on health and how we can minimise the impact at home. Read more: http://www.housebeautiful.co.uk/  ...

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    In Pursuit of Silence: Film Review

    In Pursuit of Silence': Film Review

    The Hollywood Reporter, 2017-06-28

    You’ll feel compelled to turn up the volume during Patrick Shen’s documentary about the beneficial effects of silence. For one thing, your hearing has probably already been affected by the pernicious noise levels afflicting our everyday lives. For another, every commentator in the film speaks in the sort of quiet, measured tones apparently meant to signify inner calm but will mostly leave you asking, “What did he say?”The sort of document ...

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    New York Times

    Review: ‘In Pursuit of Silence,’ a Guide to Tuning Out the Racket

    Review: ‘In Pursuit of Silence,’ a Guide to Tuning Out the Racket

    New York Times, 2017-06-22

    “In Pursuit of Silence” isn’t what you would call a well-rounded or intellectually rigorous documentary — it’s too messianic for that — but it is an interesting one. Partly inspired by George Prochnik’s 2010 book of the same title, this elegant sermon by Patrick Shen on why we should dial down the racket of our daily lives will make you consider turning off and tuning out. ...

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    Daily Mail

    Help! My home is driving me beeping bonkers: The kitchen appliances that just won't shut up

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    Help! My home is driving me beeping bonkers: The kitchen appliances that just won't shut up

    Daily Mail, 2016-06-30

    We have a new oven and, at the risk of being dramatic, I think it is trying to torture me. It just doesn’t stop beeping.It beeps when you switch it on. It beeps when you set the temperature. It beeps when it’s too hot. It beeps when even the tiniest drop of water gets on it. And then some days I think it’s beeping just to torment me.The dishwasher, fridge and freezer are in on it, too.The other night I was settling in down in front of the t ...

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    Elle Decoration

    Elle Decoration

    We all know noise pollution can be an annoyance, but could it also be doing real damage to our health? Wellbeing expert, Louise Chunn investigates

    Elle Decoration, 2017-03-20

    A washing machine pinging, a pair of foxes shrieking, a team of leaf-blowing gardeners blasting the park across the road. The Grime mix ringtone on a teen's mobile in a Tube station, the revving of competing cars on a summer's evening, the ear-splitting din of J-Lo played in a gym class labelled 'yoga'.These were the sounds I noticed crashing into my consciousness on the days soon after ELLE Decoration asked me to write about the effects of noise ...

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    Is cutting out noise the answer to a stress-free life?

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    Is cutting out noise the answer to a stress-free life?

    CBC Radio Canada, 2016-01-01

    It is everywhere - noise that is! The World Health Organization has called noise pollution the second biggest environmental issue after air pollution, and for good reason. Exposure to unwanted sound is detrimental to our learning, health recovery, and mental and physical wellbeing. None of this would come as a surprise to the late John Connell.In 1959, John Connell became fed-up with being assaulted by "noise pollution" in London, England. He fou ...

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    The Sunday Times

    Silence has stealthily become a must-have commodity for those in the know

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    Sunday Times

    The Sunday Times, 2016-11-27

    The world has never been louder and it’s affecting our health. Is it time to turn down the volume? You might want to avoid taking popcorn to the film In Pursuit of Silence by Patrick Shen. You’d feel about as welcome as president-elect Trump at a feminist convention if you did, as much of the film is dedicated to the absence of noise. This isn’t to s ...

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    The Guardian

    The eco guide to noise pollution

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    The eco guide to noise pollution

    The Guardian, 2016-09-18

    Silence is golden – or at least it should be. But according to the Noise Abatement Society (NAS), it’s increasingly rare. “Peace is a precious commodity,” says Poppy Szkiler, of Quiet Mark, part of the NAS.Anti-noise campaigners suggest we have a “sliding baseline” in terms of our expectation of quiet time. This ecological term refers to an incremental lowering of standards as each generation progresses.Meanwhile the World Health Orga ...

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    The Telegraph

    'In Pursuit of Silence': the film that says we need more quiet in our lives

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    'In Pursuit of Silence': the film that says we need more quiet in our lives

    The Telegraph, 2016-10-08

    Three minutes into a preview screening of In Pursuit of Silence, a new film about the impact of noise on our lives, a member of the audience shouted out: “What about the sound?!” The producers groaned, but the interruption perfectly proved the film’s contention: that the balance of noise and silence in our lives has fallen drastically out of sync.We’re so used to ubiquitous sound that even a couple of minutes of quiet feels unnatural. To ...

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    The Times

    How to find peace at home

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    How to find peace at home

    The Times, 2016-10-09

    The founder of Quiet Mark is on a mission to turn down the noise of modern life. Her tip for achieving serenity? Spend an hour a day listening to the birdsAs I write this, a sound like a jackhammer is carving a jagged path through my brain. It could be a drill or a stonecutter or a really noisy lawnmower, but it turns out to be one of those things the council uses to blow away leaves. Overlaying this, like an acoustic Armageddon, are the roar of ...

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    Daily Mail

    How noise can make you FAT, stressed and more likely to have a stroke

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    Daily Mail

    Daily Mail, 2016-10-31

    What is your idea of luxury? A deserted beach? A Private jet? A Moment to yourself?The one thing that unites them all is that they shield you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.Because in today's world, where fridges and washing machines beep, traffic roars, cars talk, rail announcement seem endless and phones demand attention, the ultimate luxury is silence.Read full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3887890/How-no ...

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    Daily Mail

    Lilliput chic! Why our furniture is shrinking

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    Daily Mail

    Daily Mail, 2016-10-24

    The department store’s collection of small sofas includes a ‘Design Project by John Lewis’ leather snuggler at a not-so-small £1,799. It will also sell a hallway mirror that doubles as a coat rack. The firm said the fact homes are small and open plan means sales of appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines that carry the Noise Abatement Society’s ‘Quiet Mark’ are up by 10 per cent. ...

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    The Guardian

    Ssshhh! How the cult of quiet can change your life

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    Guardian

    The Guardian, 2016-10-23

    Silent retreats, silent ?restaurants and even silent dating events are? on the rise. Now a new film aims to – quietly – spread the word Once the preserve of monastic retreats and hardcore meditators, simply being quiet is growing in appeal. Whole businesses have sprung up to meet a rising demand for quiet time, from silent weekend getaways to silent dining, silent reading parties an ...

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