A Natural Product
Qualatex latex balloons are made from 100% natural latex — not plastic. Our latex balloons are biodegradable, and decompose as fast as a gum leaf (3-4 years). Composting latex balloons will break them down much faster.
Unfortunately, some cheap balloons are not 100% latex and have been giving all balloons a bad reputation. Foil balloons are not biodegradable but ARE REUSABLE (ask me how)
Please don't Litter
I avoid using helium (a limited resource) where I can and focus on air filled sculpture. Balloons are great fun, but leaving popped balloons on the ground, or releasing them into the air is littering.
We all have a responsibility to care for our environment. Although they are biodegradable, that takes time and balloon scraps can harm animals that mistake them for food.
Releasing balloons was often used to say goodbye to a lost one, but there are many beautiful alternatives. Soap bubbles are one of my favourites.
Latex balloons are able to go into your compost!
Airigami, a balloon company based in Rochester, New York, have made a resource for schools or families interested in the science of composting latex balloons. Follow this link for their PDF and don’t forget to send in your findings.
Latex is Natural
Latex comes from rubber trees “Hevea Brasiliensis”. Latex is collected by carefully cutting the tree’s bark, then catching the latex in a cup. Latex harvesting doesn’t hurt the tree.
Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A single tree can produce latex for up to 40 years.