By Andrew Liszewski
Well here’s a clever way to encourage people to conserve water while they’re washing their hands. As you use the Poor Little Fish Sink, designed by Yan Lu, the water in the fishbowl slowly drains away. So if you use too much the goldfish will meet an untimely demise. According to Yan the “Poor Little Fish basin offers an emotional way to persuade consumers to think about saving water, by making consumption tangible” though I’m sure there are still a lot of people who would value clean hands over the life of a small fish.
Of course thanks to some clever and hidden plumbing in the base of the sink, the water that comes out of the faucet doesn’t actually come from the fish tank, nor will it ever drain out completely. And when shut off the water in the bowl does slowly refill so the fish is never in any real danger, though I suspect it might suffer some emotional distress every time its home drains away.