Balloon Releasing

BALLOON RELEASING

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.