Balloon displays should make a significant impact on people, not the environment. At The Balloon Man, we feel a responsibility to make our products as environmentally friendly as possible, while not compromising on the ‘wow’ factor. That’s why, at The Balloon Man, we offer a range of biodegradable balloons that are both easy on the eyes and the environment. In fact, most of our striking designs do not require any helium at all but instead used frames and air filled balloons.
Is there more than one type of balloon?
As well as coming in all different shapes and sizes, balloons commonly come made of two different materials: latex and foil. Latex balloons aren’t plastic but instead made up of natural rubber sap. This makes latex biodegradable balloons, meaning they are broken down by microorganisms in the soil in around a year.
Foil balloons are made with Mylar nylon and often coated in a metallic finish. Foil balloons aren’t biodegradable, but can instead be used again at a later date. Just deflate and store away until your next event, where they can be easily re-inflated.
Where does latex come from, and is it Earth friendly?
Latex is composed of 60% rubber and 40% water and takes the form of a white, milky liquid with viscosity. Many tree species produce latex, with most latex for the industry coming from the Heveas Brasiliensis, commonly called the ‘crying tree.’
The Heveas Brasiliensis tree grows in the rainforest, with the latex being harvested by cutting into the trunks skin a few millimetres deep. The process calls no harm to the tree itself, and the same Heveas Brasiliensis can continue producing latex for more than 40 years.
We have many latex, biodegradable balloons available at The Balloon Man so you can purchase products that are both eye-catching and environmentally friendly.