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Many people are concerned about news reports that imply that balloons are bad for wildlife and the environment. A lot of them have been sensationalised to attract attention.

Most of the negative reports confuse latex with plastic. One stated quite wrongly that 'there is no difference between releasing 250,000 balloons and tossing 250,000 plastic bags over the side of a ship'. LATEX IS A COMPLETELY NATURAL PRODUCT AND, unlike plastic, WILL DEGRADE OVER TIME. If you go for a walk in the great outdoors, you might see some balloons, but you will see a lot more plastic bags and bottles which really spoil the countryside. Latex balloons on the ground will rot away (photo-degrade) naturally at the same rate as an oak leaf.

In a similar way, pieces of balloons have occasionally been found in the stomachs of dead animals, such as sea turtles, but there are many more pieces of plastic and odd things, such as carpet and tar balls found inside animals. No dead animal has been found with just bits of balloon so the balloons shouldn't be singled out as the cause of death.

It's true that some animals have been injured by ribbon attached to balloons. This is why we never attach ribbons to balloons that are going to be released outdoors. Please take care that you don't accidentally let go any balloon that is tied to a ribbon or string.

Latex is a natural product (tree sap) and does not harm the environment. It is harvested without harming the tree.

We recommend that foil balloons are never released outdoors because they will not degrade.

Helium is a natural gas: inert, odourless and tasteless. It is non-toxic, plays no biological role and is found even found in trace elements in human blood. Breathing in any gas displaces the oxygen in your body and it is the lack of oxygen that is dangerous, not the gas itself.



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