1. A biodegradable balloon is not good for the environment
According to Balloons Blow, even though balloons may be labelled ‘biodegradable’ these balloons are the most common type of balloon found in the stomachs of dead animals. Meanwhile, regular balloons kill hundreds of animals every year.
2. Balloons (and micro-plastics) can kill sea turtles
A recent study by the University of Queensland found that one in three sea turtles have eaten marine plastic. In November 2015 a flat back sea turtle was found stranded on a beach in Manly and the tiny turtle was in a severely debilitated state after ingesting a balloon.
Balloons use up our limited supply of helium
Although helium is used to make balloons float, it is also used in the defence industry, medicine, manufacturing, scientific research and energy generation. Unfortunately, helium is a non-renewable resource and is made via nuclear decay of uranium, then recovered fro mines, releasing helium-filled balloons is not only bad for the environment, but it depletes an already limited supply of a gas that is used in much more important industries.
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