The Bank of England’s new plastic five pound note has fallen foul of vegans and members of the UK’s Sikh and Hindu communities. The outcry is over the use of animal fat in its production.
The process involves a small amount of tallow which is found in some soaps and candles and is derived from animal waste products.
The revelation has triggered an online petition calling for the note to be banned. It’s gathered more than 100,000 signatures.
The controversial fiver has caused a storm on social media. The Bank claims it was unaware of the traces of tallow when it signed the production contract with supplier Innovia.
The Bank of England’s boss has said a solution is urgently being sought.The new plastic £5 note was introduced in September and is more durable than the previous one. It is expected to last an an average of five years.