- The notes are wipe-clean and can survive a hot wash
- The notes are virtually impossible to rip
- Polymer notes are able to fold
- Governor Mark Carney led Bank of Canada when the notes were introduced there
- Polymer notes are used in more than 20 countries
- The first county to switch to polymer was Australia in 1996
- A move to polymer notes would end 320 years of paper note tradition in Britain
- Five-pund notes currently last for around two years
- Polymer fivers would last for about six year
- Old polymer notes can be recycled
- The Bank expects to save more than £100 million over a decade from the longer-lasting notes
- Polymer notes would be 5 millimetres smaller in both length and width than current notes
- The new notes are said to be more difficult to forge
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