Our Civilization In Reverse

Here’s just another example of the unintended consequences in the ongoing quest to roll back human achievement.

Spokane residents smuggle suds over green brands

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.

As a result, there has been a quiet rush of Spokane-area shoppers heading east on Interstate 90 into Idaho in search of old-school suds.

Real estate agent Patti Marcotte of Spokane stocks up on detergent at a Costco in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and doesn’t care who knows it.

“Yes, I am a smuggler,” she said. “I’m taking my chances because dirty dishes I cannot live with.”

See also:
Dish cleanliness is next to lawlessness
It’s not easy being green
Washington Residents Become Dishwasher-Detergent Smugglers

Do you think the militant Envirotards ever considered whether any positive environmental impact of forcing people to use inferior dishwashing detergent would be more than offset by wasted water having to wash dishes twice or wasted gas by making people travel across state lines to buy effective dishwashing detergent?

/don’t laugh, it’s only going to get worse, they’re already gunning for your toilet paper too