BANNING HELIUM BALLOONS
Helium balloons are easily replaced by other items that do not cause harm to our wildlife, such as colourful banners/flags, bunting, kites, bubbles, crepe paper, ribbons & streamers. Consider purchasing or borrowing items that can be reused.
Note that so-called ' biodegradable' balloons are not an alternative, many animals mistake burst biodegradable latex balloons as food, causing intestinal blockage and death. 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.
Consider also banning regular balloons, glitter and confetti. Glitter and confetti are small pieces of plastic that often end up in oceans and waterways where they are consumed by wildlife and cause terrible damage.
Search for alternatives below if needed for you or your vendors.
If you would like to show anyone why you are banning helium balloons at your event, here are a couple of great short videos from Zoos Victoria that illustrate the harm balloons can cause in the environment. To share, right click and 'Copy Video URL'.
The Journey of a Balloon in the Environment
'When Balloons Fly, Seabirds Die' - Zoos Victoria