WASHINGTON — The U.S. government may manufacture money out of plastic, following the lead of governments in Australia and Thailand.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing, part of the Treasury Department, is testing different materials, and reviewing ways to make currency last longer and to battle counterfeiting, said bureau spokesman Larry Felix.
``We and every single bank-note printer are looking at every option,'' Felix said.
``It is way too premature to even discuss a decision,'' he said.
Felix said the Reserve Bank of Australia has seen improved wear with notes made of polypropylene.
Bureau officials also reportedly are testing a paper-plastic mix produced by Montreal-based Domtar Inc.