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    Why Stretch Denim Is Endangering American Money

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

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    Next time you pour yourself into a pair of skin-tight yet surprisingly comfortable jeans, be aware that your fabulousness has not come without consequences - and national ones at that.

    Next time you pour yourself into a pair of skin-tight yet surprisingly comfortable jeans, be aware that your fabulousness has not come without a consequence - and a national one at that.

    Apparently, the country’s fondness for curve-hugging pants has led to a shortage of the materials needed to make American money.

    Crane & Co., the people who have been making the paper for printing US currency for over a hundred years, once used leftover bulk denim to make their stock.

    They’d bleach it, treat it, pulp it and before long, it would become cold, hard cash.

    Nowadays, most denim has spandex added to it, allowing jeans to fit snuggly without compromising the wearer’s ability to sit down or climb stairs.

    That’s great for jean buyers, but bad for papermaking.

    Even a thread of spandex can render a whole batch of paper useless, as it diminishes its strength.

    Crane has since had to search further afield for pure cotton fiber that’s comparable to the denim of the olden days.

    In their quest, it seems they’ve mostly given up on sourcing from the fashion industry. Instead, they’ve switched their focus to acquiring ‘the natural fiber itself’.