Make a wish, feed a fish with algae “coins”

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In Germany, an eco-friendly “coin” for making wishes in wishing wells has won the prestigious iF Design Award from Hanover’s International Forum Design. 

Comprised of dried algae pressed into coin shapes, Wishing Feed provides an alternative to coins that can choke fish and turtles. 

The custom of making a wish and tossing a coin into water is common in both eastern and western cultures. Designers Shengyan Gao, Xiaowen Lai and Jiongjie Wang envision Wishing Feed being available for sale near wells, fountains and water bodies where visitors commonly make such wishes.