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Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing 21/12/2017 Observations

Many people have expressed interest in conducting testing on the biodegradability of latex balloons. Whether you are a member of PEBA (Pro Environment Balloon Alliance), or not, it would be fantastic to have you involved. I have tried to set the test up using correct “Scientific Method”.  Who’s in?

The test consists of:

  • 1 x open 13 litre container (Bunnings), or similar, with a couple of holes drilled in the base, filled to three quarters with soil from your local area.
  • 9 x Latex Balloon (Manufacturer of Your Choice)

1 x Standard White  Severe oxidation, deterioration of the neck and several holes.

1 x Fashion Black  Oxidation, least affected balloon.

1 x Standard Yellow Severe Oxidation and numerous holes.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Ruby Red  Massive deterioration. Balloon falling apart.

1 x Diamond Clear Severe deterioration. Balloon has collapsed into itself.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Emerald Green Deterioration around the neck. Severe oxidation.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Pink  Massive deterioration around neck. Balloon falling apart

1 x Pearl / Metallic Sapphire Blue Severe deterioration around neck. One hole.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Lime Green  Numerous holes and severe deterioration of the whole balloon.

  • It is interesting that the Fashion Black and Jewel Emerald Green have been the slowest balloons to break down, yet they are the fastest when still in their packaging.
  • The balloons should be inflated to size and then let down. This is because most balloons that find their way into the environment have been inflated.
  • The variety of balloons and colours has been selected because experience tells us that some balloons (e.g. darker colours and Jewel / Crystal) biodegrade faster than others and it is necessary to measure the difference.
  • The container should not be covered and should be left outside under all weather conditions.
  • Please photograph your experiment every 30 days (or less) and take note of any changes, etc.
  • The data collected from these tests conducted under different soil and weather conditions will be invaluable.
  • I will also be doing two separate tests, using beach sand and sea water.
  • Data updates and all results will be published on www.peba.com.au

21/12/2017

  Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing 26/11/2017 Observations

 

Many people have expressed interest in conducting testing on the biodegradability of latex balloons. Whether you are a member of PEBA (Pro Environment Balloon Alliance), or not, it would be fantastic to have you involved. I have tried to set the test up using correct “Scientific Method”.  Who’s in?

The test consists of:

  • 1 x open 13 litre container (Bunnings), or similar, with a couple of holes drilled in the base, filled to three quarters with soil from your local area.
  • 9 x Latex Balloon (Manufacturer of Your Choice)

1 x Standard White  Further oxidation and deterioration.

1 x Fashion Black  Some oxidation and fading

1 x Standard Yellow Severe  Fading / Oxidation.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Ruby Red Severe fading / Holes in the balloon.

1 x Diamond Clear Severe oxidation and breakdown of the balloon. Balloon has collapsed into itself.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Emerald Green Substantial Oxidation and deterioration.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Pink  Severe Fading / Oxidation and a hole in the side of the balloon.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Sapphire Blue Severe Fading / Oxidation.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Lime Green  Severe Fading / Oxidation / some deterioration.

  • The balloons should be inflated to size and then let down. This is because most balloons that find their way into the environment have been inflated.
  • The variety of balloons and colours has been selected because experience tells us that some balloons (e.g. darker colours and Jewel / Crystal) biodegrade faster than others and it is necessary to measure the difference.
  • The container should not be covered and should be left outside under all weather conditions.
  • Please photograph your experiment every 30 days (or less) and take note of any changes, etc.
  • The data collected from these tests conducted under different soil and weather conditions will be invaluable.
  • I will also be doing two separate tests, using beach sand and sea water.
  • Data updates and all results will be published on www.peba.com.au

26/11/2017

European Balloon & Party Council Fact Sheets

EBPC statement on Balloon Releases

‘The EBPC does not support balloon releases’

Balloons are a unique much loved product and are considered irreplaceable in what they offer. Over the last few years the industry has seen changes in consumer viewpoints and perceptions related to such products. Although these changes and increased participation have surfaced in the last few years, these may have always been the case as the rise of social media platforms and technology has enabled better reporting of such viewpoints and perceptions.

To comply with the EBPC mission statement “To educate and promote the fun use of balloons and party products safely, ethically and in respect of the environment”, and as a responsible organisation shaping our industry – we recognise the impact of our products within its marketplace. This monitoring along with our corporate social responsibility has led the council to pioneer new thinking within our industry on how balloons should be handled in respect of the environment, which has led to an agreement that ‘The EBPC does not support balloon releases’ as we wish to protect the environment from unnecessary litter. While latex balloons are biodegradable and the moment of release is visually appealing, the resulting deflated or partially inflated balloons that return to the ground is visually offensive to many, and we must respect this. This is becoming even more importantly recognised as local authorities across the world are introducing penalties for balloon releases on their property.

The EBPC provides a united front to protect and grow the industry by promoting and facilitating best practices through the coalition of its members across the EU. We look to all members to support our stance in this good cause and encourage promotion of this positive message with respect to the environment.

For further information, please take a look at our website at www.ebpcouncil.eu.

The European Balloon & Party Council



Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing 26/10/2017 Observations

Many people have expressed interest in conducting testing on the biodegradability of latex balloons. Whether you are a member of PEBA (Pro Environment Balloon Alliance), or not, it would be fantastic to have you involved. I have tried to set the test up using correct “Scientific Method”.  Who’s in?

The test consists of:

  • 1 x open 13 litre container (Bunnings), or similar, with a couple of holes drilled in the base, filled to three quarters with soil from your local area.
  • 9 x Latex Balloon (Manufacturer of Your Choice)

1 x Standard White:  Some oxidation and deterioration.

1 x Fashion Black:  Some oxidation / little change in appearance.

1 x Standard Yellow:  Fading / Oxidation / little change in appearance.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Ruby Red: Fading / Oxidation / little change in appearance.

1 x Diamond Clear: Substantial Oxidation and deterioration.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Emerald Green: Substantial Oxidation and deterioration.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Pink:  Substantial Fading / Oxidation.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Sapphire Blue: Fading / Oxidation / little change in appearance.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Lime Green:  Fading / Oxidation / some deterioration.

  • The balloons should be inflated to size and then let down. This is because most balloons that find their way into the environment have been inflated.
  • The variety of balloons and colours has been selected because experience tells us that some balloons (e.g. darker colours and Jewel / Crystal) biodegrade faster than others and it is necessary to measure the difference.
  • The container should not be covered and should be left outside under all weather conditions.
  • Please photograph your experiment every 30 days (or less) and take note of any changes, etc.
  • The data collected from these tests conducted under different soil and weather conditions will be invaluable.
  • I will also be doing two separate tests, using beach sand and sea water.
  • Data updates and all results will be published on www.peba.com.au

EBPC statement on Balloon Releases

PEBA has recently received a letter of support from The European Balloon and Party Council. If you ever had any doubts about the growing movement to ban balloon releases, please read the mission statement from this massive organisation in regards to balloons and the environment.

EBPC statement on Balloon Releases

‘The EBPC does not support balloon releases’

Balloons are a unique much loved product and are considered irreplaceable in what they offer. Over the last few years the industry has seen changes in consumer viewpoints and perceptions related to such products. Although these changes and increased participation have surfaced in the last few years, these may have always been the case as the rise of social media platforms and technology has enabled better reporting of such viewpoints and perceptions.

To comply with the EBPC mission statement “To educate and promote the fun use of balloons and party products safely, ethically and in respect of the environment”, and as a responsible organisation shaping our industry – we recognise the impact of our products within its marketplace. This monitoring along with our corporate social responsibility has led the council to pioneer new thinking within our industry on how balloons should be handled in respect of the environment, which has led to an agreement that ‘The EBPC does not support balloon releases’ as we wish to protect the environment from unnecessary litter. While latex balloons are biodegradable and the moment of release is visually appealing, the resulting deflated or partially inflated balloons that return to the ground is visually offensive to many, and we must respect this. This is becoming even more importantly recognised as local authorities across the world are introducing penalties for balloon releases on their property.

The EBPC provides a united front to protect and grow the industry by promoting and facilitating best practices through the coalition of its members across the EU. We look to all members to support our stance in this good cause and encourage promotion of this positive message with respect to the environment.

For further information, please take a look at our website at www.ebpcouncil.eu.

The European Balloon & Party Council

European Balloon and Party Council

PEBA recently received a fantastic letter of support from The European Balloon and Party Council (EBPC) This highly respected and professional organisation shares PEBA’s views on balloon releases, while actively promoting the positive aspects of balloons. Please see their following policy statement in regards to balloon releases.

EBPC statement on Balloon Releases

‘The EBPC does not support balloon releases’

Balloons are a unique much loved product and are considered irreplaceable in what they offer. Over the last few years the industry has seen changes in consumer viewpoints and perceptions related to such products. Although these changes and increased participation have surfaced in the last few years, these may have always been the case as the rise of social media platforms and technology has enabled better reporting of such viewpoints and perceptions.

To comply with the EBPC mission statement “To educate and promote the fun use of balloons and party products safely, ethically and in respect of the environment”, and as a responsible organisation shaping our industry – we recognise the impact of our products within its marketplace. This monitoring along with our corporate social responsibility has led the council to pioneer new thinking within our industry on how balloons should be handled in respect of the environment, which has led to an agreement that ‘The EBPC does not support balloon releases’ as we wish to protect the environment from unnecessary litter. While latex balloons are biodegradable and the moment of release is visually appealing, the resulting deflated or partially inflated balloons that return to the ground is visually offensive to many, and we must respect this. This is becoming even more importantly recognised as local authorities across the world are introducing penalties for balloon releases on their property.

The EBPC provides a united front to protect and grow the industry by promoting and facilitating best practices through the coalition of its members across the EU. We look to all members to support our stance in this good cause and encourage promotion of this positive message with respect to the environment.

For further information, please take a look at our website at www.ebpcouncil.eu.

The European Balloon & Party Council

10th November 2016

Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing

Many people have expressed interest in conducting testing on the biodegradability of latex balloons. Whether you are a member of PEBA (Pro Environment Balloon Alliance), or not, it would be fantastic to have you involved. I have tried to set the test up using correct “Scientific Method”.  Who’s in?

The test consists of:

  • 1 x open 13 litre container (Bunnings), or similar, with a couple of holes drilled in the base, filled to three quarters with soil from your local area.
  • 9 x Latex Balloon (Manufacturer of Your Choice)

1 x Standard White

1 x Fashion Black

1 x Standard Yellow

1 x Jewel / Crystal Ruby Red

1 x Diamond Clear

1 x Jewel / Crystal Emerald Green

1 x Pearl / Metallic Pink

1 x Pearl / Metallic Sapphire Blue

1 x Pearl / Metallic Lime Green

  • The balloons should be inflated to size and then let down. This is because most balloons that find their way into the environment have been inflated.
  • The variety of balloons and colours has been selected because experience tells us that some balloons (e.g. darker colours and Jewel / Crystal) biodegrade faster than others and it is necessary to measure the difference.
  • The container should not be covered and should be left outside under all weather conditions.
  • Please photograph your experiment every 30 days (or less) and take note of any changes, etc.
  • The data collected from these tests conducted under different soil and weather conditions will be invaluable.
  • I will also be doing two separate tests, using beach sand and sea water.
  • Data updates and all results will be published on www.peba.com.au

Clean Up Australia Rubbish Report

Balloons come under the category of rubber in this report. The good news is that, rubber only counted for 1% of all rubbish collected. 73.1% of this 1% consisted of gloves, shoes and thongs. Balloons did not even rate their own category, or in fact, a mention, at all. Having said that, balloon litter is still being found in our environment and perhaps our aim for a zero result is over optimistic, but still a very worthwhile goal.

https://issuu.com/clean_up/docs/rubbish_report_2016_-_cua/2…

Helium Discovery

Recent concerns about a worldwide shortage of helium have been alleviated by the discovery of a massive reserve in Tanzania. This, together with new methods of discovering helium, one of the most common elements on earth, is good news for all concerned.

www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/28/huge-helium-gas-tanzania-east-africa-averts-medical-shortage

Climate Change

Some interesting articles in The Guardian as to the devastating effect of global warming, due to climate change. These are confronting articles demonstrating the great need to continue to protect our Rain Forests and to support the worldwide movement for “a canopy of trees”. Logically, this includes the support of the production of latex and the planting of tens of millions of rubber trees for this purpose. Latex balloons are biodegradable and if disposed of correctly, leave only a positive environmental footprint.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/29/antarcticas-ice-free-areas-to-increase-by-up-to-a-quarter-by-2100-study-says

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/07/australias-vast-kelp-forests-devastated-by-marine-heatwave-study-reveals

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/19/great-barrier-reef-93-of-reefs-hit-by-coral-bleaching

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/sep/30/fish-shrink-climate-change

Brian Gray