Thursday, 1 April 2021

Sustainable cash introduced

In an exciting move, the UK government has announced the introduction of sustainable bank notes beginning with the £10 note. A number of banknote printers have developed a new process whereby banknotes can be both secure against counterfeiting and fully sustainable.

The structure of the banknote material has been subtly modified to allow oxygen in the air to degrade it even if the note is kept in a wallet. In future, when old notes have been removed from circulation, notes which do not degrade are certain to be counterfeit.

Sustainable notes exposed to the air degrade into a kind of harmless confetti which may be safely flushed down the toilet.


Sam Vega said...

I also heard that to commemorate this exciting move and its link to environmentalism, all portraits on banknotes will be of some genial old buffer from the BBC who presents wildlife programmes.

James Higham said...

Ah, April Fools Day ... yes.

Sackerson said...

Sounds like a good idea - would encourage velocity of money, like the scrip in 1930s Wörgl:

A K Haart said...

Sam - when he kicks the bucket there will be calls for it.

James - I haven't seen much though. Maybe people don't feel like it.

Sackers - that's an interesting link. I wonder how many successful small scale experiments of this kind have been squashed by vested interests.