An east London hair salon has gone cash-free - partly in response to some bank notes containing animal fat.
The Glasshouse Salon in Hackney only uses products that are vegetarian (mostly vegan) and not tested on animals.
The new £5 and £10 notes contain tallow - a fat which is generally derived from cows.
According to business owner Olivia Crighton: "I wanted to go cashless for a number of reasons.
"As a small business owner, I’m constantly trying to and ways to utilize my team’s time in a more efficient manner.
"No cash means a much smoother banking process and helps ensure higher safety of the salon."
She adds: "I was also shocked to find out that the new banknotes contain animal fat - something that is at odds with my businesses’ ethos.
"I want Glasshouse to be at the forefront of the direction in which many independent businesses are heading.
"Which means moving with the times, keeping current and pushing for innovative new solutions such as this."
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