Green Balloons

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Balloon Facts & Safety Tips

Keep your balloons secured to their weight.

NEVER release foil balloons into the air.

Supervise young children’s play with balloons and always keep deflated or popped balloons away from children.

When you’re finished with balloons, pop them, and dispose of properly

Inhaling helium is dangerous and can be fatal. As you breathe in a balloon full of helium, you are not breathing oxygen, which your cells need. The lack of oxygen that comes from breathing in helium can cause fainting or even asphyxiation and death

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Where does 100% pure latex balloons come from?

Latex balloons are produced from the milky sap of the rubber tree, Hevea brasilliensis.

The rubber tree originated in the tropical forests of South America and was taken to Europe from Brazil.

It is now grown on plantations in many tropical countries. The latex is collected in buckets, as it drips from harmless cuts in the bark. The process is much like that used to collect maple syrup. The use of latex balloons and other products, such as surgical gloves, make rubber trees economically valuable, which discourages people from cutting them down.

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Keep it green

Gentle footprints today will ensure a path for tomorrow.

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What happens when a balloon is released?

What happens when a balloon is released?
“A scientific survey carried out in 1989 revealed that on release a balloon will float up to a height of approximately 8km. Once it reaches that height it becomes brittle and shatters into miniscule pieces, falling back to earth at a rate of circa one piece almost every 13 square kilometers. Problems can arise when a balloon is not fully or properly inflated or carries too much weight and therefor does not reach the height at which shattering occurs.”

Download a full copy of the report here: Biodegradability report

A very recent study on the impact of balloons & sky lanterns has been conducted jointly by the UK department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Welsh Government Department for Environment and Sustainable Development.

You can download a full copy of the report HERE

Code of Conduct when releasing balloons.

The guidelines have been put together by various international balloon councils and organizations and are supported by NABAS, The Balloon Council & Bapia.

Only 100% pure latex balloons should be used.

NO foil balloons should ever be released!

Avoid any metallic latex balloons

Never release a balloon larger than 12″ (30cm)

Balloons should be FULLY inflated to ensure they will float to the optimum altitude and burst into small pieces improving decomposition time.

Absolutely NO strings or ribbons should be attached to balloons

Balloons should always be hand tied. NO disc tying discs, valves or plugs are allowed to seal balloons.

Balloons should always be released singularly and never tied together.

It would be wise to contact the civil aviation authority when balloon releases larger than 5000 balloons are considered, especially in areas close to airports.

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