‘Don’t Inflate to Celebrate’ is a campaign raising awareness of the negative impacts of aerial litter –i.e helium balloons and sky lantern releases.
We have decided to become totally anti-balloon – owing to their risks:
It’s not just balloons that are released (into the sky) that cause havoc when they land – it is also balloons dropped on the street – which can end up being washed down the drains and end up in the waterways tempting some marine/aquatic creature to a #deadlyjelly meal
Latex balloons – often use in releases, are coated in HI-Float (equivalent to PVA glue) to stop the helium from leaking out. It also extends the floating time in the air.
Balloon companies pride themselves on using latex balloons – as they are marketed as 100% ‘biodegradable’ – because they are made from natural latex; but the latex is white in colour, balloons are all sorts of different colours – so what do they add to colour balloons?? Pro-balloonists often claim that latex balloons biodegrade on compost heaps too – if that’s the case, why aren’t balloons labelled as ‘compostable ??
Foil balloons are foiled covered plastic (usually called Mylar balloons which is the incorrect name as these balloons are not made of mylar) . They also pose a fire risk – if they come into contact with power lines, they cause an explosion resulting in a power cut and causing a fire
Balloons are a single-use item that we just don’t need – we’re pretty sure that wildlife and domestic animals would appreciate us not using them too. How much do people really enjoy balloons – before watching them float off into the sky (often with the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude?)
Often used in balloons, is a finite resource and is needed for far more important things such as MRI scanners, deep sea diving, the space industry etc.
Helium is also lethal to inhale – particularly deadly when inhaling directly from a helium canister – replacing the oxygen in the lungs leading resulting in asphyxiation and often death – there have been a number of deaths, particularly young people.
One other important thing to remember when it comes to latex balloons (even air-filled balloons) is to consider that some people have a latex allergy – so they cannot be anywhere near balloons or in the near vicinity. The latex particles can stay in the air from days to weeks. People with severe latex allergies cannot even step inside a room where balloons are.
Source: @banballoons on twitter
(Don’t Inflate to Celebrate is one of the Wave of Change Partners)