The next generation of paper

Money goes on an extraordinary journey throughout its life, passed from person to person, cashpoint to cashpoint, often travelling thousands of miles. Banknotes are designed to live a long life, enduring numerous stresses – they’re folded, scrunched, stacked, dropped, accidently put through the wash almost every day.

There’s more to the paper banknote than meets the eye, which makes it built to last.

Banknotes are made of high-tech paper

Paper banknotes are made from a unique blend of renewable cotton fibres sourced from textile mills. This not only gives your money a unique feel to prevent counterfeiting, it makes it last longer. Using advanced technology, the fibres are woven to create a strong and long-lasting fibre matrix. They are also treated with scientifically proven anti-soiling technology to make them more resistant to dirt and moisture – making them more durable.

Paper money survives more than rips and tears

Many banknotes are taken out of circulation not because they are ripped or torn, but because they are no longer legible. As well as making the banknote physically strong, it’s vital that the inks and security technology used also stand the test of time. Paper-based banknotes have greater absorption properties for ink, meaning they stay legible for longer. This is particularly important in humid climates. And because security features can be physically woven into the fabric of the banknote, they are also more likely to stand the test of time. For plastic banknotes, the vital security features are often the first elements to show wear and tear.

Today’s banknotes last longer than ever before

Banknote technology has come a long way. Use of best practices in the production of banknote papers and anti-soil treatments have seen the longevity of durable paper banknotes improve significantly, in some cases more than doubling average circulation life.