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.