We do not encourage balloon releases and will usually convince our customers otherwise. It is however up to the customer to make an informed decision.
What happens when a balloon is released?
A scientific survey carried out in 1989 revealed that when a balloon is released, it will float to a height of approximately 1.6km, at which point it becomes brittle and shatters into tiny pieces, falling back to earth at a rate of one piece every 12.94 square kilometres. Problems arise when a balloon is not inflated to the correct size or is carrying too much weight and therefore does not reach the height at which shattering occurs. This situation causes a potential danger to wildlife and the environment.
What to keep in mind when releasing balloons?
- Only 100% pure latex balloons should be used, which is the only balloons we sell here at The Balloon Stop;
- No foil balloons should be released;
- Avoid any metallic latex balloons, rather opt for balloons in the standard latex range;
- Never release a balloon larger than 12" (30cm) which is the standard latex size;
- Balloons should be inflated to the correct size in order to float to the desirable altitude for it to burst into small pieces which will improve decomposition time;
- No strings or ribbons should be attached to balloons unless they are bio-degradable;
- Balloons should always be hand tied, no disc ties, valves or plugs should be used to seal the balloons;
- Balloons should be released singularly and never tied together;
- It would be wise to contact the civil aviation authority when balloon releases larger than 50 balloons are considered, especially in areas close to airports.