This article notes that Ukraine is introducing new banknotes made of flax. -Editor
In Ukraine, new hryvna banknotes will be made of flax, described by National Bank as a more durable material already used in dollar
notes. It is as of yet unclear if this will make the ailing hryvna sturdier as a currency. Ukraine’s National Bank (NBU) said in its press
release that new hryvna banknotes will be made of flax fiber. Paper manufacturers, it added, have long been experimenting with other
materials, such as cotton, but tapped flax because it was the cheapest option.
Other crops like paddy straw or banana fiber were also considered, according to NBU’s deputy director Yakov Smoliy.
Flax “has long been used to manufacture banknote paper for dollar bills in the US,” he said.
Introducing flax hryvna “will mark a new stage in the development of our national currency,” Smoliy added. He claimed that the new
material would make banknotes more damage-resistant.
But it will likely take more than that to boost the hryvna’s value and exchange rate. The Ukrainian currency has been in constant
nosedive over the last two years.
Flax is actually a food and fiber crop that is grown in cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from flax are known in the West
as linen, and traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes and table linen. To no surprise, the NBU’s statement mentions that the new
innovation would “support domestic agricultural producers and create more jobs.”
So is this news or a yawner? U.S. banknote paper is a high grade of linen, and has been used for years. -Editor
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Hand wash, dry flat? Ukraine introduces money made of flax
Wayne Homren, Editor
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