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I love this! reported by Lauren Milligan earlier this week on Vogue.co.uk , as my late uncle use to say “only in America!”

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JEANS with stretch have many advantages – they are more comfortable, flatter your shape, retain their shape after washing – but did you know that they are playing havoc with the dollar?

The paper used to make America’s currency has been supplied by a single company, Crane, for more than 100 years – and Crane used to source 30 per cent of the cotton used to make the bills from unwanted denim. The Lycra that is now added to jeans, however, makes denim unusable as a source – with even a “single fibre of spandex” able to ruin a batch of currency by degrading its strength.

“There are no denim products out there that we can find that are basically not contaminated,” Jerry Rudd – Crane’s managing director of global sourcing – told the Washington Post. “Everybody’s into it. Denim and Lycra are everywhere. It’s just incredible what’s happened to the industry.”

Fortunately for the dollar, and therefore the global financial system, Crane decided to look “beyond the waste stream, to the natural fibre itself” and began buying cotton straight from the source. Meaning you can pull on your favourite (stretchy) jeans, guilt free.

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