Wasting water is part of our daily lives activities and we are often reminded to consume less. However, as we all know, to change a habit is usually uneasy and takes a long period of time. To encourage more people to save water and make it an easier practice, Lan Yu, an Industrial designer from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, turns the act of saving water to more of a ‘fun’ and emotional-stimulating experience.
The “Poor Little Fish basin” as he calls it and designed “offers an emotional way to persuade consumers to think about saving water, by making consumption tangible.”
When in use, the level of water in the fish bowl gradually lowers (but never fully drains out.) In desperation to save the fish from without water, it is expected that we, humans, will experience a natural urge to turn off the water tap as soon as we can. Don’t worry, though; water will automatically returns to its original level after usage. The water from the tap is also clean as it is connected to its own pipeline.
The “Poor Little fish basin,” indeed, would be a very beneficial way of contributing to the environment. The only problem is that the design has not considered about the fish’s ability to deal with the constant change in the bowl’s water level.
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