As members of the Pro Environment Balloon Alliance (PEBA), concerned with the protection of the environment and how we can help, we have started conducting our own experiments to see for ourselves how latex balloons degrade, and how long this process takes. Some results are as follows.
Test was commenced on 30th December 2017. The photos shown here were taken on 30th January 2018, one month after the experiment began.
Balloon colours have started to fade, particularly the Pearl Pink and Pearl Lime Green. The Ruby Red appears to be the worst effected, with small holes forming and a brittle appearance. The Diamond Clear is also starting to degrade quite quickly, and has melted in on itself and become discoloured. The wind has moved the balloons around in the box, so some of them are now on top of each other and overlapping. The heat from Sydney summer has also caused some of them to melt / mould together. We have chosen not to disrupt them and haven’t pulled them apart.
If anyone would like to participate, we are happy to provide you with the balloons in the kit. Please pop into the store if you’d like some, or get in touch and we can post them to you. Obviously, the more participants we have, the more data we can collect to see how different environments effect how the balloons degrade.