the big interview

The launch of Quiet Mark’s Acoustics Academy Exploring the Quiet Revolution

Housewares Magazine speaks with Quiet Mark’s founder and Founder/ CEO Poppy Szkiler, about how the company has been enjoying an impressive growth period during 2020

Please provide some background on Quiet Mark Szkiler: Quiet Mark is the international approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation. Conducting expert acoustic testing and verification of products, Quiet Mark has over the past nine years driven change in manufacturing worldwide to prioritise noise reduction within the design of everyday machines, appliances, technologies and house build materials, creating the first one-stop platform for third- party approved noise reduction solutions for every living space to health and well-being. Through specialist acoustic measurement

and product assessment, Quiet Mark identifies the quietest products in over 60 product categories giving consumers and trade buyers a more informed choice about the sound levels of the products they buy. The Quiet Mark scheme drives designers and manufacturers to reduce sound levels of their products enabling

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households and workplaces to rebalance the soundscape reducing stressful unwanted noise.

What is the background behind the Noise Abatement Society? Szkiler: The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) was founded in 1959 by my grandfather John Connell OBE, who believed that being exposed to excessive noise profoundly affected health, children's learning, productivity, and general quality of life – he called noise ‘the forgotten pollutant’.

John almost single-handedly lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament, when in 1960, noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. His practical problem-solving included

introducing rubber dustbin lids and plastic milk crates to reduce urban disturbance, stopping night flights, and in the early 70s he commissioned detailed planning for a revolutionary Thames Estuary Airport directing

flight paths out to sea. Today the internationally respected NAS

seeks to accelerate change to protect future generations from a worsening aural environment by disseminating new methods of sound management, running an awareness programme for schools, incentivising industry to design low-noise technology and providing the only national help line dedicated solely to the problems of noise. NAS cannot change the human condition, but it can offer practical ways to support those who wish to exercise choice in an otherwise noisy world.

What is the essential business premise at Quiet Mark? Szkiler: Quiet Mark provides solutions to unwanted noise. With the increase of lockdown and subsequent working from home arrangements for many people in 2020, that necessity which we have catered for has October 2020

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