* Latex is a 100% natural substance that breaks down in sunlight and water and should never be confused with plastic.
* Research shows that under similar environmental conditions, latex balloon will biodegrade at about the same rate as a leak from an oak tree.
* Read the full report here www.balloonhq.com/faq/deco_releases/release_study.html
Saving The Rainforest:
* Latex balloons are harvested from the sap of rubber trees, the trees aren’t cut down to produce the latex.
* Rubber trees are one of the main forms of vegetation in tropical rain forests, which are crucial to maintaining the earth’s ecological balance.
* The trees grown to produce latex for balloons are grown in a plantation rather than in a rain forest, however the natural biology of trees helps maintain our atmosphere and protect the ozone layer, irrelevant of where the trees are located.
* The balloon industry worldwide requires the latex from 16 million rubber trees, in total, take up more than 363 million kilograms of C02 gases annually from the earth’s atmosphere.
Smart Balloon Practices:
* Keep your balloons secured to the weight.
* Do not release foil balloons into the air, or latex balloons with attachments like plastic clips or ribbon.
* Supervise young children’s play with balloons & always keep deflated or popped balloons away from children.
* When you’re finished with the balloons, pop them, and dispose of properly.
Balloon Releases & Legislation:
When helium filled latex balloons are released the rise to approximately 28 000 feet (8.4km) in about 90 minutes. At that altitude the temperature is about -40 degrees celesius, making the balloon shatters into tiny pieces, about the size of a 10c or 20c coin. These then float back to earth and scatter over a wide area.
The Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Balloons) Act 2000 restricts the release of latex balloons. As a result, in NSW the maximum number of balloons you can legally release at one time is 19. Unfortunately NSW is the only Australian state to ban mass balloon releases. All other states have not been able to source enough scientific evidence to prove balloon releases are contributing to litter.
There is actually no basis for the idea that animals or fish are consuming whole balloons or pieces of latex from balloons due to mass balloon releases, or that balloons are having an adverse effect on wildlife. Extensive studies in the US have failed to show any link, as well as Australian fishermen ever finding balloons or balloon remnants in fish that have been caught. Surveys by oceanic countries also haven’t shown any latex debris in litter following mass balloon releases, nor have balloon litter been recorded in Government monitored areas such as national parks and harbours.
Please see the following website from Balloon HQ which details their full report regarding the Keep Australia Beautiful program http://www.balloonhq.com/faq/deco_releases/release_study.html and also another study of the effect of balloon releases on the environment http://www.balloonartists.com.au/documents/bio.pdf
As balloon professionals, The Party’s Here are aware of our social obligations and therefore we work hard to ensure that consumers are also aware of the best use of the product. We strictly adhere to the law of releasing no more than 19 latex balloons and where possible recommend other products to our customers for their event. We never use ribbon, plastic clips or any other attachments on balloons that are to be released, only biodegradable crepe paper.
Helium Facts & Dangers:
* Helium is a gas used to float balloons, which is non-toxic and non-flammable.
* Helium is a by product of LPG extraction and helium reserves around the world are still plentiful.
* Helium that has been deemed unfit for purification for medical use (less than 99% pure) then goes to the manufacturing sector second and finally the balloon industry. Most helium is used for Medical Professions, Space Programs and manufacturing industries.
* The balloon industry uses approximately under 7% of the worlds supply of helium. Therefore, having helium balloons at your event will NOT be reducing the supply or availability of helium for other sectors, including medical purposes.
* Evidence has proven that helium inhalation can be fatal. Symptoms and signs are similar to Asphyxia.
* The inhalation of helium cuts off a persons supply of oxygen and can cause dizziness, unconsciousness and ultimately death!
* “Britain’s Office of National Statistics reports that 62 people died from inhaling helium in 2013, a 500% increase on 2008.”
* Television & Radio programs often use helium as a device to get laughs. This is strongly discouraged, as it portrays helium inhalation as a fun & safe practice, when in fact it can be deadly.
For more information, please see the Supagas website http://supagas3-px.rtrk.com.au/media/downloads/79/MSDS005-Helium.pdf
and their current campaign to increase awareness: http://www.boc-limited.com.au/en/news_and_media/press_releases/2014-12-11_balloon_gas.html
As active members of the balloon industry, The Party’s Here are deeply concerned about the missuse of helium gas and are dedicated to educating the public the dangers of the potentially lethal practice.
Sources for this information is supplied by The Balloon Council, The Balloon Artists & Suppliers Association (BASA), Balloon HQ, BOC Gases and Supagas.