As familiar symbols of joy, balloons add so much to our celebrations. At birthday parties, gender reveals, football games and even memorials, balloons are everywhere. You’ve seen the countless viral videos where thousands of them are released to the skies. We enjoy these seemingly whimsical floating balls of air for only a few minutes during events like these, but their impact is much more sinister. When it comes down to it, balloons are just another single use plastic product that quickly pollutes the environment and harms wildlife.
Not only do they become unsightly litter on our beaches and parks, but balloons impact more than 260 species globally. It is documented that seabirds, turtles, seals, whales, and many more suffer from entanglement or mistaken ingestion due to plastic debris like balloons. To an unsuspecting marine organism, balloons often look like food. This makes it difficult for them to distinguish food from trash. A new study found that, when ingested, balloons are 32 times more likely to kill seabirds than regular hard plastic.
As our society becomes more aware of the impacts of plastic pollution, people have begun to replace single use items with alternatives and balloons are no exception. For parties and memorials alike, some alternatives, listed here, include cakes, floating flowers, tree planting, bubbles, wildflower seed bombs and many more. You can also send an Earth’s Call Earthgram through our website. There are many other ways to decorate and celebrate, so you can ditch the balloon.
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