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.
PEBA'S SUCCESS IN DRIVING ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE CHANGE
The following industry associations and manufacturers are member of PEBA and no longer support or condone balloon releases:
- The Balloon Council - US
- Balloon and Party Industry Alliance (BAPIA) - UK
- European Balloon & Party Council (EBPU) - Europe
- BASA VIC - Victoria, Australia
- Pioneer Balloon International - Manufacturer of Qualatex Balloons
- Sempertex S.A. - Manufacturer of Sempertex Balloons