Balloons, when released outdoors, can end up in our waterways, oceans and parklands. These balloons cause damage to our environment and wildlife in two main ways:
There are many alternatives to balloons and balloon releases, from bubbles and ribbon dancers to remembrance plants.
There are also a range of unsustainable alternatives that should be avoided, such as sky lanterns and dove releases.
Zoos Victoria and Phillip Island Nature Parks have joined forces to urge Australians to blow bubbles instead of balloons at outdoor events.
With so many alternatives on offer, you could make the decision to stop using balloons at home and in the workplace, whether inside or outside.
No matter how careful you are, when balloons are released outdoors they could end up littering and killing wildlife. Make a commitment to replace outdoor balloons with wildlife-friendly alternatives such as bubbles.
In reality, there is no such thing as biodegradable balloons. Many animals mistake burst so-called 'biodegradable' latex balloons as food, causing intestinal blockage and death. Even degraded remnants of balloons can be harmful to animals that ingest them.
While natural latex may be biodegradable, the addition of chemicals and dyes in balloon manufacture can make balloons persist for many months in the environment. Balloons that are released into the environment, even for a short time, can cause harm.
“Working together, we pledge to play our part and take action on climate change for Victoria, our country and our planet.”
Join thousands of others already playing their part to help keep the temperature rise under two degrees, so we can avoid the worst of climate change.
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