We provide detailed information to educate everybody about balloons and our precious environment, misconceptions about balloons and also to promote an eco-conscious lifestyle.
Avoid Doing These
Say “NO!” to balloon releases and don’t let go of a balloon, without a weight holding it down. Balloons that are released into the air do not just disappear, they either get caught on something such as tree branches or electric pylons, or they go very high then burst and make their way back down to the Earth where they can create a lot of problems.
When balloons return to the ground, the best we can hope for is that they become nothing more than unsightly litter. However, testing has shown that decomposition can take anywhere from six months to four years — giving it plenty of time to cause harm in the environment.
Balloons that are not properly disposed of can end up in the ocean and along the beaches, and if animals mistake the deflated balloons for food, this can lead to loss of nutrition, internal injury, starvation, and death.
Sea turtles are particularly vulnerable, as balloons are easily confused for their jellyfish prey. Once ingested, balloons can cause stomach or intestinal blockages, eventually leading to starvation. The balloon ribbons can also cause havoc in the environment if not disposed of properly, and can wrap around marine life causing injury, illness, and suffocation.
Latex balloons are NOT plastic
Latex balloons are a plant-based product made from natural rubber which does breakdown. However, when balloons become litter they don’t degrade sufficiently or quickly enough to prevent possible risk or harm to wildlife.
Eliminating the deliberate release of balloons and promoting the responsible use and disposal is vital for effective environmentally responsible change. Leading manufacturers source their latex from sustainable Rainforest Alliance Certified and Forest Stewardship Council Plantations.
This contributes to building healthy forests, thriving communities and fights climate change.
Read more here: https://www.peba.com.au/latex-balloons
Medical helium is not used to inflate helium balloons
The helium used to inflate balloons is not pure enough for medical or scientific use. It is a by-product gathered during the production of medical grade helium. The majority of liquid helium boils off in the transfer process.
Instead of wasting this resource, it is collected and recycled. The sale of balloon gas offsets the cost of medical helium.
Read more here: https://www.peba.com.au/helium
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