Balloons Blow. Don’t Let Them Go.
When we mourn the loss of loved ones, releasing balloons in their memory might seem like a beautiful gesture. But… balloons don’t go to heaven. All released balloons, including those falsely marketed as “biodegradable latex,” return to earth as harmful litter. They kill countless animals and cause dangerous power outages. Balloons can travel thousands of miles and pollute the most remote and pristine places. This litter is totally preventable, yet millions of balloons are intentionally released every year.
Similar to released balloons, sky lanterns all return to earth as litter. They are often marketed as “biodegradable” or “earth-friendly,” both untrue. Sky lanterns are made with treated paper, wires and a bamboo ring. They can travel for miles and always land as dangerous litter. Sky lanterns have caused huge structure fires and wildfires. This flaming aerial trash has caused serious burns to humans and killed animals.
If you want to learn more about the impact of balloons and sky lanterns on our environment and teach your children about ways to make a difference and help preserve our planet, check www.balloonsblow.org. You’ll also find ideas for celebrating life and special occasions using healthy non-harmful beautiful alternatives. Please remember this next time you plan a party, and think twice before putting helium balloons on your list.