29 Jan '14, 10pm
True story: skinny jeans nearly ruined America's system of currency
But then came the influx of spandex (trademarked Lycra) around 20 years ago which was blended with the denim to produce figure-hugging jeans. This was catastrophic for Crane; even the most minute strand of spandex could contaminate a batch of the paper to then be used for the currency. To separate the fibers would prove far too difficult for the company. So, as the trend to merge spandex and denim has continued, Crane has had to look elsewhere for materials to create the currency. This has unfortunately put a stop to the use of waste materials and has meant Crane now has to go directly to the source of the cotton, at the cost of helping keep the planet green.