Balloons can be categorised in to two different types, latex and foil. The difference between each type of balloon is important in understanding how they should be managed. Latex balloons are not plastic and are comprised of a natural rubber sap, which is biodegradable., minimal amounts of non-toxic coagulants and pigments. Natural Latex comes from Rubber Tree Plantations which are a renewable resource. Latex balloons are broken down by micro organisms in the soil, water and air over a period of approximately 1 year.
Foil balloons are made with Mylar nylon, often coated in a metallic finish and are available in a range of different sizes and shapes. Foil balloons aren’t bio-degradable and should not be released but be reused on a later date.