idroolinmysleep said: To be strict, the US “paper” banknotes aren’t made of paper (the wood-pulp variety) either. They’re made of cotton, which is why they survive going through the laundry.
» We say: While it’s a stronger material, it still tears, can still suffer water damage and doesn’t last nearly as long. You can also buy 100 percent cotton paper at an office superstore and play around a little bit with your inkjet printer if you wanted to counterfeit. So, IMHO, cotton notes are still considered “paper” in the traditional sense, even if they aren’t made quite the same way. (Also of note: We added a note to the last post about Australia, which also uses plastic money.)