Are balloons really biodegradable?
The research says…
YES and NO…
If you use 100% biodegradable latex balloons from a renewable, sustainable resource, then most definitely – YES.
Latex: Standard balloons are made from latex, an organic material, made from the sap of a rubber tree. These balloons are biodegradable and decompose rapidly. Good news for the landfill, bad news for recycling fanatics, as there is no current re-use market for them.
Foils/Mylar: These balloons are NOT biodegradable. They are made with a plastic/nylon, synthetic material that is also recyclable and reusable, PLUS the balloons are reusable - but it does not biodegrade. They will be in the landfills forever, so try to keep these for crafts, or recycle them if your local recycling program accepts.
Reuse: Several ideas for reusing and up-cycling balloons, particularly Mylar balloons, are available for the DIY amateur, including Confetti, Packing Material, and Gift Wrap, Book Covering etc.
Or, keep them and use them again and again! All you need is a drinking straw and you can deflate, store and reuse your Mylar balloons. Insert the drinking straw into the opening of the Mylar balloon where you can see the coloured plastic slip. The straw must go in between the two slips of coloured plastic.
Encourage your local party stores and toy shops to stock environmentally friendly products too.
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