BalloonsBlow educates people about the damaging effects of releasing balloons into the air, on people, animals, and the environment. We often use these colorful rubber sacks for different types of celebrations, such as birthday parties, weddings, promotions, and other occasions. And it’s guaranteed that some of the balloons you use, will escape into the atmosphere.
In some cultures, following the demise of a loved one, people organize a balloon release into the air, to commemorate their life. Other people release them in the air in an attempt to get attention at some kind of a party, or activity. But basically, most of these people have a habit of releasing balloons into the air, without giving much thought to the impact they have on the environment and wildlife.
If people understood the dangers associated with the release of these rubber sacs, perhaps they would be more cautious when handling them.
The Damaging Effects Of Balloons
In many countries, the mass balloon release is forbidden and considered illegal. When we release balloons into the air, they eventually fall on the ground, turn into litter, and make our Earth ugly and polluted. Also, they lead to the death of many animals, and can cause power outages. These rubber sacks also contribute to the waste of Helium, which is a finite resource.
Once released, a balloon has the capability to travel thousands of miles away, and thereby, it causes pollution over a wide area. Unfortunately, countless balloons are released into the world on a daily basis. Helium filled rubber sacks contribute to the depletion of helium, which is a resource essential for scientific research, lifesaving medical procedures, as well as other key applications.
A survey, recently conducted on beach litter, indicates that the number of balloon pieces that can be found in the water and on the beaches has tripled over the last ten years. Hence, it’s no wonder that most of our beaches are filthy, and keeping them constantly clean has become an uphill task.
While some of the released balloons can burst, others end up slowly deflating. In the end, they all end up back on the Earth, where they cause damage to the land, sea, air, and wildlife. Because sea turtles naturally prey on jellies, they are at high risk of mistaking the balloon parts for jellies, and can easily entangle and get trapped.
A balloon takes a very long time to degrade. Even if it’s made of biodegradable latex, it needs a lot of time to break down. This gives the balloon an opportunity to travel and bump into animals, which could easily mistake it for a snack, or get trapped into it.
How To Protect The Environment
BalloonsBlow encourage people all over the world to use alternatives, such as planting flower gardens, native trees, or butterfly gardens, in commemoration of your loved ones, as opposed to balloon release into the atmosphere. Plants not only provide shelter, but are resourceful and help in providing clean air to the people and wildlife.
During social events and gatherings, you could use flags, colorful streamers or banners, which are cheaper than balloons, helium, and ribbons. Better yet, the former are weather resistant accessories, and can last longer.
Other than choosing to use other alternatives instead of balloons, you too can help make the world a better place, by supporting BalloonsBlow.