Either way, you’re putting it on plastic

Canada is getting rid of paper money, or at least the “paper” aspect of it:

They say money doesn’t grow on trees. Well, the federal government has taken that adage to heart — it announced earlier this week that Canada’s paper-cotton banknotes would be replaced by newly designed plastic ones next year.

It’s part of a plan to modernize and protect Canadian currency against counterfeiting.

The new plastic bills, made from a polymer material, are harder to fake, recyclable, and two to three times more resistant to tearing, the Bank of Canada said.

If “will not jam the soda machine in the breakroom” also makes it to the list of advantages, and I suspect it will, I’m calling for Washington to follow Ottawa’s lead here.


  1. fillyjonk »

    7 March 2010 · 2:06 pm

    And probably more likely to survive a trip through the washing machine and dryer….

    (I’m picturing a material like those anti-tear Priority Mail envelopes)

  2. Jeffro »

    7 March 2010 · 9:17 pm

    The Priority Mail envelopes are Tyvek.

  3. Brian J. »

    8 March 2010 · 6:39 am

    Sadly, though, you cannot burn them for warmth in the event of hyperinflation.

  4. fillyjonk »

    8 March 2010 · 9:09 am

    Nor could you successfully use them as tp, I suppose.

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