If you've ever been to a birthday party, corporate event, or wedding, chances are you've seen balloons. They're a staple of any celebration, and they often add a touch of fun and excitement to the occasion. But what you may not know is that balloons can be deadly to wildlife and pollute the environment. In this blog post, we'll take a look at the some of the ways in which balloons can pollute the environment and what you can do to mitigate the damage.
Balloons are made of latex, a natural rubber that comes from trees. The process of harvesting latex does not require cutting down any trees so will not lead to any habitat loss.
How Do Balloons Pollute the Environment?
If balloons are released into the environment, they pose a threat to wildlife. Animals can mistake balloons for food, ingesting them and suffering from blockages in their digestive system. If not treated promptly, these blockages can be fatal. In addition, when balloons eventually pop, the remnants can choke or entangle animals, again leading to death.
What Can You Do to Help?
Don't release any balloons into the environment outdoors. Be mindful of animals and try to always dispose of your litter when outside.
Keep your bunch of balloon on a weight, so they don't float away. Be sure to dispose of them properly once they pop, so they don't become litter.
Balloons are often seen as harmless fun but they can actually be quite harmful to the environment if helium balloons are released into air outside.
The next time you're planning an event, keep these tips in mind to help reduce your impact on Mother Nature!
Do you have any other tips on how to reduce the impact of balloons on the environment? Let us know in the comments below!