Plants and People — random stuff

Sugar and …
Sugar in history
The refining process: one account and another

… Spice and …
Everything you wanted to know about spices

…other things nice

Palms and humans
South Asian palms
Palm-leaf documents

Rayon (much modified from wood fibre)
Could it be an  alternative to cotton, that oh-so-comfortable-but-most-polluting-and-worse fibre crop?

Grasim, an Aditya Birla enterprise, produces a large fraction (24%?) of the world’s production of rayon. The process of converting wood pulp into Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF) uses caustic soda in large quantities.

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