Another Green Annoyance

In Spokane County, Washington (way north of me) they have another law banning something for green reasons. You won’t believe what it is. Soap!

The quest for squeaky-clean dishes has turned some law-abiding people in Spokane into dishwater-detergent smugglers. They are bringing Cascade or Electrasol in from out of state because the eco-friendly varieties required under Washington state law don’t work as well. Spokane County became the launch pad last July for the nation’s strictest ban on dishwasher detergent made with phosphates, a measure aimed at reducing water pollution. The ban will be expanded statewide in July 2010, the same time similar laws take effect in several other states.

But it’s not easy to get sparkling dishes when you go green.

Many people were shocked to find that products like Seventh Generation, Ecover and Trader Joe’s left their dishes encrusted with food, smeared with grease and too gross to use without rewashing them by hand. The culprit was hard water, which is mineral-rich and resistant to soap.

I plan to be back in Vegas before the law becomes statewide. Of course, I could always buy soap in Portland, but they are probably dumb enough to adopt the same law. Some of the laws they have up here are really annoying. Politicians seem determined to out stupid each other.

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  1. When I had my oak floors put in, the installer bemoaned the fact that CA had banned the (by far) best sealer because it gave off two molecules of some chemical that caused mice to die when you fed them three pounds of it a day. I noted down the stuff he preferred, and when I wanted the floor refinished I picked up a 5 gallon drum in Nevada on my way home from a camping trip. I knew it would only take about a gallon to do my floors, so I told him he could have the leftovers if he gave me a discount. He was so happy to get it he gave me 25% off, much more than the lacquer had cost me.
    These little bans are no more than a way for pols to give themselves enviro-cred. They never really think they will have any effect, nor do they really care.

  2. Hud,

    “Politicians seem determined to out stupid each other.”

    They compete at what they do best!


    “caused mice to die when you fed them three pounds of it a day”

    Because that’s what Republicans do! Feed sealer to mice! There is no end to their eeeevil …

    In the future, there will be a border patrol dedicated to keeping California environmentally ‘pure’ … while doing nothing about illegals.

    “These little bans are no more than a way for pols to give themselves enviro-cred.”

    Just so they can add a few lines to their websites and flyers. Hype over consequences.

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