Are Balloons Environmentally Friendly?
Balloons are such a fun and versatile way to decorate events, and when used responsibly have a minimal compounding impact on the environment.
Balloons are not plastic, they are made from completely natural latex which is extracted from the sap of rubber trees. A balloon can decompose as quickly as an oak leaf! Each of the billions of trees consume CO2, which contributes to the fight against global warming. The extraction process does not harm the tree at all, and once the tree no longer produces latex (one tree can produce latex for about 35 years) it is harvested and its wood is turned into lumber. Every year mature trees are tapped, old trees are harvested, new trees are planted, and CO2 is consumed.
Qualatex, our balloon brand of choice, use rubber trees that are Rainforest Alliance Certified. The Rainforest Alliance are an international, non-profit organization working to build strong forests, healthy agricultural landscapes and thriving communities through creative and pragmatic collaboration.
However despite the biodegradable nature of balloons, we still do not want balloons to be littering the environment or causing harm to our native wildlife. We do not support the release of helium balloons. Have a chat with our team to discuss alternatives to balloon releases.