Sodium Sulphate

On Monday I was driving along the #1 across Saskatchewan and passed by Reed Lake, near Chaplain.  It is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Sanctuary…

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As I approached, there were very high winds and the horizon was obscured by the blowing of the sodium sulphate that is mined there…

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…and then when I got to the area that was blowing I experienced a total white-out and all I can say is that I was grateful that no one was stopped on the highway or there would have been no chance of avoiding a collision, which I admit would have been my own fault for not having approached more cautiously…

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Once home I looked up what is mined there.  It is a 99% pure form of sodium sulphate, which is a non-toxic double salt, and can be used as an evener in fabric dyeing (however, it can be an irritant if not used with discretion).  Depending on the dye being used it can actually work to deepen/embolden the colour in the fabric.

This morning I phoned the mining operation and enquired about where I might be able to obtain a sample or even a 20 kg. bag with which to experiment.  I am waiting for a reply from a local distributor and sent an enquiry to the weaving guild in order to find out if anyone has ever used this chemical?

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