Balloons Blow... Don't Let Them Go!
An Environmental Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM BallonsBlow.org
May 2020

Balloons Blow provides information to educate people about the destructive effects released balloons have on animals, people, and the environment, and strives to inspire and promote an eco-conscious lifestyle.

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Balloons Blow provides information to educate people about the destructive effects released balloons have on animals, people, and the environment, and strives to inspire and promote an eco-conscious lifestyle.

All released balloons, including those falsely marketed as “biodegradable latex,” return to Earth as ugly litter. They kill countless animals and cause dangerous power outages.

Balloons are also a waste of Helium, a finite resource. Balloons can travel thousands of miles and pollute the most remote and pristine places.

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Suzuki Puffin
Suzuki Puffin - Photo: Jill Fraser Photography, Whitby UK

Horseshoe Crab
I recently encountered a horseshoe crab with a balloon tangled around her legs. She was upside down on Slaughter Beach in Delaware during the annual spawning frenzy. I removed the balloon, set her upright, and she safely returned to the ocean - Doug-Bevington

Gujillemot
Dead Entangled Guillemot – Photo: Richard Gilbert, National Trust, UK

Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle passing balloon and ribbon – Clearwater Marine Aquarium

ALTERNATIVES

Balloons are not the only thing to decorate with. There are many safe, fun, and eye-catching alternatives to balloons for parties, memorials, fundraisers, and more! Many can be made at home and are great activities for kids.

As we become more aware of our personal impacts on the environment people are ditching single-use, wasteful products for earth-friendly, reusable, and exciting alternatives!

For more information and images of 'company/corporate' ballons and images of injured and dead wildlife, please visit BALLOONSBLOW.org.


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