Green products, even if they cost a smidgen more, can be justified, provided they at least meet the baseline standards for the genre. Most of the time, they succeed. Sometimes they miss by a little:
[“Green” brand name is] not, however, getting the contract for trash bags: in two successive boxes, the little plastic welds, which are supposed to keep the drawstrings in place, didn’t.
I’ve been rerunning my dishwasher loads twice since I bought this crappy soap, they just weren’t coming out clean after one cycle. This morning was the worst, my glassware was caked in grease and the plates were coated in slime. I pulled the innards of the dishwasher apart and found gunked up grease clogging the screens and filters and a white crystallized stain covering the bottom of the unit around the drain. I had to scrub everything, made the husband check the lines for clogs and then I took a look at the detergent. It was phosphate free, which means it doesn’t actually clean a damn thing.
Incidentally, this is the sort of thing you’ll be getting next year in Washington state, whether you like it or not.
The instructions for this stuff apparently have the temerity to suggest that you hand-wash the dishes before loading the machine, which I need hardly point out defeats the whole purpose of having the machine in the first place.
I don’t own a dishwasher myself; I do this particular task by hand. But it would almost be worth it to buy one just to boycott this brand.