Bank of England to stick with notes containing traces of animal fat
The Bank of England has ignored calls from activists to ditch polymer notes that contain traces of animal fat. Following a public consultation, the Bank said the new £20 note and future print runs of £5 and £10 notes will continue to be made from polymer "manufactured using trace amounts of chemicals, typically less than 0.05%, ultimately derived from animal products".
The move is likely to enrage animal rights activists such as PETA and the National Council of Hindu Temples, which have expressed their outrage at the use of tallow in new bank notes.
"After careful and serious consideration and extensive public consultation there will be no change to the composition of polymer used for future banknotes," the Bank said.
"This decision reflects multiple considerations including the concerns raised by the public, the availability of environmentally sustainable alternatives, positions of our Central Bank peers, value for money, as well as the widespread use of animal-derived additives in everyday products."