Polymer (plastic) banknotes last longer and are recyclable. They last around four times as long, are cleaner and more hygienic, and can be recycled at the end of their useful life into a range of plastic products.
Polymer currency note technology was developed in Australia. Australia was the first country in the world to replace all its paper notes with polymer notes. The Bank made the move to polymer to make Australia’s notes more secure against counterfeiting, which had been on the increase as modern reprographic equipment became more readily available.
The banknote below is year 2000 from Romania: