Balloons aren’t something many of us think about unless we are planning a wedding reception, a birthday party or some other form of celebration. Nothing says “party” quite the same way a bunch of festive balloons does!

However, when you go out to buy balloons for your next big party, do you stop and think about what will happen to them once the party is over? Once everyone’s gone home and the decorations start coming down, that’s when balloons can become deadly.

Organizations like Balloons Blow are committed to promoting proper balloon disposal methods and ending the practice of releasing bunches of balloons into the sky. You might wonder what all the fuss is about, but the truth is, balloons can be exceptionally dangerous.

Balloons may make a party extra festive, but they can be super harmful to the environment. On March 29th, the Balloons Blow Facebook page released a statement trying to convince government officials to stop the deliberate release of balloons saying, “Balloons can travel thousands of miles, polluting the most remote & pristine places. Once they do, they become a danger to any animal that comes in contact with it.”

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A balloon might look completely harmless, but the negative impact it can have on the environment is devastating. When it comes to foraging for food, many animals can’t tell the difference between garbage like old balloons and actual nutrients. 

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Creatures like sea turtles are true treasures of the briny deep. Unfortunately, we lose many of them every year when they confuse burst balloons with jellyfish. They can choke on the strings attached to old balloons, or become fatally entangled. 

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We all know it is dangerous and deadly to our oceanic animal friends when we throw garbage into their habitat. While balloons might not look like garbage to us, when they deflate and pop they can do a whole world of harm to animals. 

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The detrimental environmental effects of balloons don’t stop with wildlife. Burst balloons can get caught in plants and grasses, cutting them off from the sunlight and water that is required for their continued health and well-being. 

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Releasing festive balloons might seem like the perfect touch for your next party, but think about the consequences of your actions before you do that. There are plenty of environmentally friendly ways of celebrating without them. 

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Organizations like Balloons Blow are doing a great job spreading the word about the dangerous impact balloons can have on the environment, but they can’t do it alone. Do your part and spread the word about this epidemic before another innocent animal is harmed. 

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Who knew that something so fun and innocent looking could be doing so much damage? It’s good to be aware of the risks so we can make a change!

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