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Environmental & Safety Information

Smart Balloon Practices:

* Keep your balloons secured to the weight.

* Never release any balloons into the air, foil or latex.

* Supervise young children’s play with balloons & always keep deflated or popped balloons away from children.

* When you’re finished with the balloons, pop them, and dispose of properly. Foil balloons can be stored flat and reused. Latex balloons should be put into the bin.

 

Our Pledge:

As balloon professionals, The Party’s Here are aware of our social obligations and therefore we work hard to ensure that our clients are also aware of the best use of our products. We are proud members of the Pro Environment Balloon Alliance and strictly adhere to our commitment to not selling or taking part in balloon releases. As suppliers of helium gas and helium balloons, we are also deeply concerned about the misuse of helium and are dedicated to educating the public about the potential dangers of inhalation.

 

Balloons & Legislation:

The Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Balloons) Act 2000 restricts the release of latex balloons in NSW to a maximum of 19 balloons only. However, as PEBA members, we refuse to sell any balloons that are to be used for release.

 

Balloons as Litter:

Clean Up Australia reports 2014 – 2017 consistently show that rubber makes up less than 1% of all litter collected. Balloons fall under this category, but are not specifically mentioned. 2566 rubber items were collected in 2017, with 60% of this being shoes/thongs/gloves and 23.1% being tyres. The remaining 16.9% consists of sanitary items and miscellaneous items, which is where balloons fall. This means that much fewer than 151 balloons could have been collected in Australia in 2017. While this is a very small number, we are committed to continuing to educate our community on responsible use and disposal of balloons.

 

Latex Balloons & Production:

* Latex balloons are harvested from the sap of rubber trees, the trees aren’t cut down in order to produce the latex. We use Qualatex brand latex balloons, which are sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified Plantations. growing network of farmers, foresters, communities, scientists, governments, environmentalists and businesses. This network is dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods.

* Rubber trees are one of the main forms of vegetation in tropical rain forests, which are crucial to maintaining the earth’s ecological balance and combating climate change. Latex production also provides employment and income for people all over the world.

 

Helium Facts:

* Helium is a gas used to float balloons, which is non-toxic and non-flammable.

* Helium that has been deemed unfit for purification for medical use (anything less than 99% pure) is then sold to the manufacturing sector second and finally the balloon industry. Most helium is used for Medical Professions, Space Programs and manufacturing industries. The balloon industry only uses approximately under 7% of the worlds supply of helium. Therefore, having helium balloons at your event will NOT be reducing the supply or availability of helium for other sectors, including medical purposes.

* Evidence has proven that helium inhalation can be fatal. Symptoms and signs are similar to that of Asphyxia. The inhalation of helium cuts off a persons supply of oxygen and can cause dizziness, unconsciousness and ultimately death.

For more information, please see the Supagas website or the BOC website and their current campaign to increase awareness

 

Biodegradability:

* Latex is a 100% natural substance that breaks down in sunlight and water and should never be confused with plastic.

* Research shows that under similar environmental conditions, latex balloons will biodegrade at about the same rate as a leaf from an oak tree. Please stay tuned, as we are in the process of conducting our own experiments on this and will keep you updated on the progress.

30/12/2017. Please see our blog featured on our home page for more updates.

 

More useful sources:

Pro Environment Balloon Alliance

The Balloon Artists & Suppliers Association (BASA)

The Balloon Council

Balloon HQ

 

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