Damage to the environment caused by balloons is a much bigger problem than once thought.
Balloon releasing ceremonies are increasingly popular in birthday parties and wedding ceremonies, but what they are is basically a glorified trash dumping ceremony.
Would you empty a whole load of plastic onto the beach in any other situation? No, you probably wouldn’t.
Watching the balloons float gracefully up into the sky can be a pleasant experience, but if you saw the aftermath of the balloons ruining birds nests and being choked on by sea creatures you would definitely think twice.
A company called Balloons Blow has been set up to raise awareness about the dangers of balloon releasing, in an effort to reduce the amount of this kind of pollution.
Their mission statement states:
“All released balloons, including those falsely marketed as “biodegradable latex,” return to Earth as ugly litter. They kill countless animals and cause dangerous power outages. Balloons are also a waste of Helium, a finite resource. Balloons can travel thousands of miles and pollute the most remote and pristine places.”
For many people this will be the first time this issue has been brought to their attention. Such an innocent thing as releasing a balloon seems not to have such negative connotations.
Imagine all of the balloons that are released on a daily basis at weddings, events and ceremonies across the globe, that’s a lot of balloons.
From their website they share these shocking stats –
- “Balloons can travel thousands of miles, polluting the most remote & pristine places”
- “Birds, whales, sea turtles, bighorn sheep, & other animals have been killed by balloons”
- “When an animal swallows a balloon, it can block its intestinal tract, leading to starvation”
- “Ribbons & string that are sometimes attached to balloons can cause entanglement & death”
Balloon Blow hope that they are able to dissuade anyone planning on a balloon release to reconsider and plan something else instead.
Via Eco News Media