I’m all for water conservation, but man, this is just cruel…

From this story on Wired:


A designer named Yan Lu has created a concept sink which threatens to suffocate a goldfish if you use too much water when you’re washing your hands. The piece, which bears the excellent title of “Poor Little Fishbowl Sink”, gradually empties as the water pours out of the tap, then slowly refills again over time once the faucet is switched off.

_Before you get worried about washing your hands in dirty fish-water, or the fish being poisoned by soap, you can be reassured that the tapwater is not actually connected to the water in the bowl. The bowl actually drains into a hidden reservoir when the faucet is on. It’ll also never drain completely empty, though you can bet that reducing the water level will stress the poor little guy.

Poor Little Fishbowl Sink has been created to highlight the issue of water conservation, and remind its users that their actions can affect the environment around them. In some parts of the world, severe water stress has caused local extinction events, and in some places even destroyed larges bodies of water entirely. Lu says on his website: “As consumption is incalculable, saving is often neglected through daily consumption. Rather than forcing people to consume less, thus depressing the using experience, Poor Little Fish basin offers an emotional way to persuade consumers to think about saving water, by making consumption tangible._

So imagine that’s you, a little goldfish stuck in a bowl, swimming around and not knowing if the next time that big, two-legged creature washes his hands will be your last moments suffering this mortal coil. Not only is that completely wacked from the piscatorial-mental-health perspective, but you know what? Goldfish have long memories. They hold grudges. They can grow very, very large . I’m just saying, buy this sink and screw with them at your own peril…

And as a side note, do you think aliens somewhere are doing the same thing in reverse with a human in a bowl?