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 March 2018, three months after the experiment began.
Balloon colours have faded even more, particularly the Pearl Pink and Pearl Lime Green. The Ruby Red, Pearl Lime Green and Standard White appear to be the worst effected, with small holes turning to large holes and all have a brittle appearance. The Diamond Clear doesn’t have holes, but has melted in on itself, become discoloured and thinner. The Standard Yellow has holes forming and cracks. The jewel colours don’t have visible holes forming, but have melted on themselves and would certainly burst on inflation. The Pearl Sapphire Blue is the least effected in terms of holes, colour fade and melt.
Nb. 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 / autumn has also caused some of them to melt / mould together. We have chosen not to disrupt them too much and haven’t pulled them apart permanently, except to lift them up to inspect them a little each month.
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. The more participants we have, the more data we can collect to see how different environments around Australia effect how the balloons degrade.