I have been using trickle down in contexts totally irrelevant to economy and similar concepts. Here is an example:
Any change involving a particular part of an ecosystem will trickle down, in due course, to the others.
Many Google results are related, in a way or the other, to national wealth, haves and have-nots, etc.
The following is a rare example Google fetches:
That news may take at least a day to trickle down to the street.
I'd like to know if this usage is unacceptable or simply less common? What could be a better alternative, if this is not acceptable?