Material of the Month, February 2015: Shredded Money

Material of the Month, February 2015: Shredded Money

Posted 31 December 2014 by Angelique Blankson

At first glance it looks like an organic material but on closer observation you begin to realise that these little shreds look quite familiar.

What can Shredded Money be used for?

Each year, several tonnes of old bank notes are taken out of circulation and shredded. Traditionally, out of circulation money is sent to a landfills or incinerated, but the Bank of England is looking into recycling options. Some of the re-use options include using shredded money as potted plant compost, as a material for crafts and design and even in the production of pencils. Shredded money pencils are created by using grinding and mixing processes in order to make a homogenous material, which is then extruded around a pencil core.

London-based designers Arthur Analts and Rudoph Strelis made a series of containers called ‘Money Bowls’. The money material was bonded with resin to create a kind of papier-mache. The interiors of the bowls were then lined with a white gelcoat. See more of their work here 


nirvana_money_materialShredded bank notes leaving the Bank of England range in size from pieces of dust to 2 cm square, with an average size of 3mm x 3mm, meaning the pieces still can be visually identified as money.