We here at Beloon’s want you to enjoy balloons they way they are intended, but when the parties over we all need to be conscious of the way we dispose of them.
We understand the concerns that arise from the use of balloons from an environmental perspective, but we also believe the answer is in the education of people rather than the policing of them. As such we have developed a range of protocols that we will adhere to when supplying balloons, these find their foundations in the California Balloon Law of 1990.
For more details feel free to visit here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Balloon_Law
1. Any helium-filled balloons that leave the premises will have a weight securely attached.
2. Metallic ribbons are not to be used with helium balloons.
3. Do not support or endorse any balloon releases of any kind.
4. Use only premium quality biodegradable latex balloons in any designs.
5. We will always try to use air instead of helium as a preference.
As a business we are also members of PEBA (Pro-Environment Balloon Alliance) which wholeheartedly supports our core values in both controlling balloon litter and community education. For more details please visit http://www.peba.com.au/
Along with this, we have also implemented a specialised balloon collection service, which encourages our customers to return their used balloons to the store for safe disposal. This programme is known as “pop ‘n’ Drop” and provides any contributors to the program with an incentive in the form of a percentage off discount voucher for our store. See here for more.
There are some common misconceptions when it comes to balloons such as when a balloon is released into the atmosphere at a certain height it will explode and then disintegrate. This is generally not the case instead it will fall back down to earth often many hundreds of kilometres from where it was initially released and become litter.
Latex balloons are biodegradable and under normal conditions will break down over time [roughly the same time it takes to fully break down an oak leaf] however this is still a considerable period. During this process, the remnants can be viewed as an appealing possible food source and can be swallowed by ocean life, wildlife, family pets and even young children and this is the more important issue that we need to educate the community about. In the same way that we need to educate in regards to any type of litter.
We encourage people to enjoy balloons, as they bring joy and happiness to many, but to also dispose of them responsibly once they have run their course. After all disposing of all our rubbish properly is in our planets best interest.
The Pro Environment Balloon Alliance is an organisation dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of the correct disposal of balloons. One of the biggest issues on the agenda at this point is the campaign for the prevention of balloon releases in Australia if successful this will have a positive effect on the environment.
Members of PEBA will actively try to educate consumers on the correct way to dispose of balloons and balloon related products and will not endorse any type of balloon releases.
For more information please visit PEBA here