Important Balloon Info… Please Read Fully
Please do not release any balloons into the air – they can become tangled in over head electricity lines & can also turn into litter
Balloons & The Environment
Members of the balloon industry share concerns about the environmental impacts of marine debris. The controversy continues however about the actual level of risk or harm to marine life from balloon litter.
PEBA is driving environmentally responsible change and is committed to reducing balloon litter and any potential effects on wildlife by eliminating the deliberate release of balloons.
Balance is required to develop policies that are environmentally responsible, are commensurate with the actual level of impact and do not unnecessarily deprive balloon artists and small business owners of their livelihoods.
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 (3).
MEDICAL HELIUM IS NOT USED TO INFLATE BALLOONS
Supagas, a leading supplier of helium explains that 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.
Adult supervision required for young children - potential choking hazard
Children under 8 yrs can choke or suffocate on un- inflated or broken balloons. Keep un- inflated balloons away from young children, in the case of there being any broken parts of balloons, collect & discard all pieces of immediately
Please take note
Although inhaling helium may sound like fun it is a serious matter & could be potentially dangerous - in fact it can kill you —
Not because of the helium, but due to the lack of oxygen in the body when helium is inhaled – The lack of oxygen that comes from inhaling helium can cause immediate fainting, asphyxiation and even death.
Do not do it & please advise others against it
Fun Balloon Facts Latex balloons are Earth-friendly!
Balloons were invented in 1824, the same year as the electromagnet.
Latex balloons are made from 100% natural latex which comes from rubber trees, this is collected by cutting the tree’s bark, then catching the latex in a cup. Latex harvesting doesn’t hurt the trees, it gives much needed work to the community of people who live in the area.
Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A tree can produce latex for up to 40 years!
Because its a natural product, latex balloons are biodegradable, decomposing at the same rate approx as an oak leaf in the ground
Helium-filled balloons float because helium is lighter than nitrogen and oxygen, the two components of air.
If the sound of a balloon popping startles you, you’re not alone.
A bursting balloon actually creates a small sonic boom!
Once a hole is made in an inflated balloon, the quick release of the balloon’s energy, or air, causes the hole to grow at almost the speed of sound in rubber.
Since this speed is much higher than the speed of sound in air, the hole in the balloon actually breaks the sound barrier, creating a sonic boom.’’
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