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Acoustic treehouse donated in summer 2017 by Quietmark to Kew Gardens

With the focus on plastic pollution, we forget that noise is also polluting our lives to extent that many of us have no idea what the sound of silence sounds like. 

Meaco's 1056 Air Circulator

UK summer weather is so darn hot it's impossible to function without a fan. But lots of them are deafeningly loud, so those nice quiet people at Quiet Mark have highlighted fans that won't keep you awake at night

Hessian stockings by dejaooh, £26

Christmas is a time lots of us keep our fingers crossed that we'll get a gift or two that's really useful or that we need. So if you want to give gifts that are practical, we've got ideas to suit all budgets, from funky bellows to reclaimed wood coasters via hydroponic indoor veg growing. All wrapped in recycled giftwrap.

Original 1930s' ski poster by Jupp Wiertz from antikbar

From original posters to rusty angel wings, linen cushions to wooden elephants, chalkboards to boot bags, our guide is the gift that keeps on giving great ideas

The joy of giving

It's that time of year again.. but fret not as we have been engaged in detailed product research so you can give gifts that won't be forgotten about within a day. Whether your loved ones and friends are practical, creative, or simply in need of some good stuff for their homes, we can help

All You Need is Love from Vintage Playing Cards, £99

Valentine's Day has become another of those days where marketing folks try to convince us our beloved will be thrilled with a bin or a hacksaw. Well, having quizzed people out on the streets it would seem the old favourites reign supreme: flowers, champagne and a dinner that isn't pasta and pesto

GODAN stands for Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition and it wants us all to know its name

Miscanthus bale house in west Wales under construction

A house in West Wales has been built using carbon negative Miscanthus bales in a project aiming to evaluate the benefits and viability of using the plant in construction

The light-filled main living room

Edward and Emma Bulmer's splendid Herefordshire home is full of colour and pattern...and boasts surprisingly low running costs

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