Wouldn’t it be great if every question in life had a simple answer? For instance, what are good banknotes made of, cotton or polymers? Or is a mix of the two even better? If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from our search for a sustainable banknote, it’s that the answers are rarely a straight yes or no. They almost always come with an if or a but attached.
Yes, cotton is a renewable resource – but it needs to be produced sustainably and fairly. No, most of the polymers used are not biodegradable – but even an extremely thin foil can make banknotes last three to four times as long. Hydroelectric power is good – as long as you treat the source with care.
Where do you start when you want to make major changes? We took a long, hard look at our entire value chain and carried out an honest appraisal: What is going well? Where could we do even better? On the following pages we tell you what we found, and what we plan to do about it. What happens after that depends partly on you – on the common goals that we formulate and put into practice going forward.