Smart Balloon Practices:
* Keep your balloons secured to the weight.
* Do not release foil balloons or latex balloons into the air, especially with attachments like plastic clips or ribbon.
* 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.
Balloon Releases & Legislation:
The Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Balloons) Act 2000 restricts the release of latex balloons. As a result, in NSW the maximum number of balloons you can legally release at one time is 19. NSW is the only Australian state to ban mass balloon releases.
Extensive studies in the US have failed to show any link, as well as Australian fishermen ever finding balloons or balloon remnants in fish that have been caught. Surveys by oceanic countries also haven’t shown any latex debris in litter following mass balloon releases, nor have balloon litter been recorded in Government monitored areas such as national parks and harbours. While there is little proof that balloon releases are killing our wildlife, releasing balloons into the atmosphere can still be classed as littering and should not be condoned.
When helium filled latex balloons are released the rise to approximately 28 000 feet (8.4km) in about 90 minutes. At that altitude the temperature is about -40 degrees celesius, making the balloon shatters into tiny pieces, about the size of a 10c or 20c coin. These then float back to earth and scatter over a wide area.
Saving The Rainforest:
* Latex balloons are harvested from the sap of rubber trees, the trees aren’t cut down in order to produce the latex.
* 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 some of the most impoverished people in the world.
* The trees grown to produce latex for balloons are grown in a plantation rather than in a rain forest, however the natural biology of trees helps maintain our atmosphere and protect the ozone layer, irrelevant of where the trees are located.
* The balloon industry worldwide requires the latex from 16 million rubber trees, in total, take up more than 363 million kilograms of C02 gases annually from the earth’s atmosphere.
Helium Facts & Dangers:
* Helium is a gas used to float balloons, which is non-toxic and non-flammable.
* Helium is a by product of LPG extraction and helium reserves around the world are still plentiful.
* Helium that has been deemed unfit for purification for medical use (anything less than 99% pure) then goes 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 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.
* Television & Radio programs often use helium as a device to get laughs. This is strongly discouraged, as it portrays helium inhalation as a fun & safe practice, when in fact it can be deadly.
* 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.
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 the product. We are proud members of PEBA and strictly adhere to our commitment to not taking part in any balloon releases and where possible recommend other products to our customers for their event. As suppliers of helium gas and helium balloons, we are also deeply concerned about the missuse of helium and are dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of inhalation.
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