About Balloons



Our Environment and Latex Balloons


What are balloons made of?


There are basically two types of balloons, foil balloons and latex balloons. The foil balloons (often referred to as mylar), are a bladder made of nylon that is covered with a layer of aluminium that is 0.0015 of an inch thick. Latex balloons are made from the sap of rubber trees – a completely natural substance.


Are latex balloons biodegradeable?


Yes. Latex is the product of rubber tree sap, it breaks down when exposed to the elements of nature.


How long does it take for a ballon to biodegrade?


Oxidation is the first step in the breakdown of a latex balloon and it begins within approximately one hour of inflation. Oxidation is visible in some types of balloons as a cloudy appearance. This is most evident when the balloon is exposed to direct sunlight, heat or normal outdoor conditions.

Research was carried out in July 1989 with a variety of balloons under various conditions to accurately gauge the time needed for the latex to degrade. Results from this study indicate that the decomposition time for balloons is about the same rate as an oak leaf (6 months).


Is it true that balloons have been found ingested by sea animals?


Some cases have been reported, but balloon fragments are unlikely to cause harm if accidentally ingested. This is because latex and the dyes used in latex colouring are non-toxic. However problems may occur if a partially inflated balloon is ingested, causing possible blockage of the alimentary tract.


Enjoy Balloons Responsibly


Enjoying your ballons purchase is easy, just remember the following tips:


  • supervise children under the age of 8 years old with balloons.

  • Always use a balloon pump to inflate your balloons.

  • Always tie Helium filled balloons with a ribbon & weight.

  • When you're done - cut the end of the balloon with a pair of scissors and dispose of the spent balloon in the bin.

  • Never release balloons into the atmosphere.

  • Beware - latex may cause allergies.




The helium gas used to inflate our displays to allow them to float is an inert, colourless gas.  Evidence has proven that the inhalation can be fatal, and is classed as an asphyxiant.  The inhalation of helium can cut off a person's oxygen supply and cause dizziness. inconsciousness and on rare occassions death.


We strongly recommend that neither you nor anyone else inhales helium at any time.  Carols Balloons cannot be held resposible for any injuries caused by the above.


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