Up­heaval over plas­tic £5 note

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

THE BANK of Eng­land said yes­ter­day that it would not change the way its new plas­tic ban­knotes are made, de­spite con­cerns among some vege­tar­i­ans and re­li­gious groups about trace amounts of an­i­mal fat used in their pro­duc­tion. The BoE said the only al­ter­na­tive for its poly­mer ban­knotes was to use more ex­pen­sive chem­i­cals de­rived from palm oil, and that its sup­pli­ers were un­able to com­mit to us­ing only palm oil pro­duced in the most en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way. More than 130 000 peo­ple signed an on­line pe­ti­tion last year call­ing on the BoE to stop us­ing an­i­mal prod­ucts in ban­knotes, af­ter it emerged that small amounts of tal­low – which comes from cows and sheep – were used in its first plas­tic £5 note. Some Hindu tem­ples and veg­e­tar­ian cafes re­fused to ac­cept the new £5 note. – Reuters

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