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Printing Company Working to Veganize English Money

Banknote printing company is developing new money that doesn’t contain animal fat.

Printing company De La Rue announced this week that it will debut tallow-free polymers that can be used to print English banknotes. Last year, the Bank of England (BOE) confirmed that its £5 banknotes contained tallow—or rendered animal fat—and that £10 denominations would also contain the animal product due the bank’s polymer supplier Innovia Security. Outrage from animal-rights groups and religious sects alike prompted the bank to halt printing of its £20 notes and search for animal-free alternatives.“We are working to produce two versions of the polymer note so that customers will have a choice,” De La Rue’s CEO Martin Sutherland said. “We are running trials to use an alternative additive to put in to make an animal-fat-free version for the market.” Sutherland hopes to debut the new notes in the coming months, allowing citizens to use English money without forcing them to use animal products.

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