The European Central Bank (ECB) has released new €100 and €200 banknotes. Banknotes released in 2016 and 2017 by the Bank of England contained tallow, which is rendered beef or mutton fat. This results in ongoing controversy from religious organizations and animal-rights groups, stating that they would breach their ethical beliefs. This caused the BOE to look for alternatives by 2020 for the £20 denominations. They even considered switching to coconut or palm oil instead of tallow. The ECB intentionally avoided using animal products to avoid a similar situation. To construct the new notes, they used 100% cotton fiber. “The euro system is strongly committed to maintaining and improving the sustainability of the euro banknotes and the raw materials used,” a spokeswoman for the ECB told the New York Times. The notes are physically different from their predecessors. They feature a shinier finish and include more security features, and are also more durable. To reduce wear and tear and to make it easier to fit into wallets, they also reduced the width of the notes to create a more uniform width.
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