Balloons Blow, Don’t Let Them Go
I love balloons. I still do, but I’m giving them up for good. Here’s why. What goes up must come down. And when all balloons eventually come down - whole, in pieces, with strings still attached… They pollute. Did you know that balloons kill wildlife? How? Read on.
Here are some facts (photos and facts credited to balloonsblow.org):
- Balloons can travel hundreds of miles. Basically, they can land somewhere we can’t access to clean up.
- Turtles, birds, whales, dolphins, and fish are known to ingest balloons, blocking their digestive tract leading to starvation.
- Especially turtles, which confuse pieces for jellyfish.
- Creatures also get entangled and stuck, leading to starvation.
- Balloons are not biodegradable, it takes years.
- Helium is a nonrenewable resource, and is better left for other uses.
- Several countries and U.S. states already ban the mass release of balloons.
So consider alternatives for your celebrations. If you really must have balloons, keep them indoors!