If you're one of those people who always waits around for your lover, roommate, sibling or parent to get out of the shower, this shower curtain is for you.
Elisabeth Buecher, a UK-based designer and educator, created a new kind of shower curtain as an art piece that actually inflates when someone is in the shower for too long. As awesome as this is for people who hog up precious shower time, Buecher's invention is actually meant not as a product but to get people thinking about how much water they waste.
"They aim at provoking a debate around water issues and making people more aware of their consumption," she wrote on her website.
Awareness would be an understatement, because the uniquely shaped art piece aptly named "Spiky," is hard to ignore, especially if you think about using it.
Here's how it works:
You step in the shower, do your thing.
Whatever that may be.
But you only have four minutes, so you may not want to waste time because ...
After four minutes, Spiky's inflating spikes inflate.
And will make it impossible for you to get shower things done, subsequently pushing you out.
It may seem harsh (and really funny), but showering for too long wastes tons a water. According to the Washington Post, every minute of water that is wasted, or not directly used for washing, equates to 2.5 gallons of water lost.
Big deal, you may think, it's just water.
But water is a big deal and can impact everyone — which is exactly what is happening in California. A lack of water means poorer water quality, more fires (or the potential spread of fires,) landslides and floods. Droughts are very expensive and very uncomfortable if you're in a drought, and forced to ration the water you do have.
Bottom line: stop wasting time in the shower. Just remember, four minutes before the spikes come out.