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Bubblegum Balloons: Biodegradable & Recyclable Balloons

 

LATEX BALLOONS

All of our latex balloons are made from high-quality natural latex which is created from the sap of rubber trees – an organic material which is fully biodegradable. Latex is harvested from trees in a similar manner to maple syrup.  The tree is not cut down and can produce latex for over 30 years.

 

SOURCING LATEX

Leading manufacturers source their latex from sustainable Rain Forest Alliance Certified and Forest Stewardship Council Plantations.  This contributes to building healthy forests, thriving communities and fights climate change. A latex balloon biodegrades at the same rate as an oak leaf (6 months). Due to this, balloons can be disposed of in landfill as they take care of themselves.

 

BUBBLE BALLOONS

Our Bubble Balloons are made from a super durable and stretchy plastic which makes them the perfect balloon to offer inflated via the post. They are made from Polypropylene, which is a product of natural polyolefin resins. In comparison to PVC which sits in landfills for hundreds of years, they take fewer natural resources to produce, generate fewer waste products in production and disposal and are widely recycled in the UK. Polyolefin resin is originally extracted from hydrocarbon sources, therefore, with the addition of carbon or hydrogen at high temperatures, Polypropylene becomes degradable. Unlike PVC or chlorine plastics, when burnt Polypropylene does not produce toxic gases.

 

HELIUM

Balloons use Grade 4 Helium – the lowest level of purity on the market. Grade 6 and above is the purest form, used for medical purposes. Both grades originate from the same sources but balloon-gas is unrefined containing about 2% other gases, meaning it is unsuitable for scientific applications.

24% of helium is used in cryogenic applications including MRI scanners

20% is used in the space industry

18% is used for welding

16% is used by the electronics industry for growing crystals

6% is used for leak detection

5% is used by the party industry for balloons

A typical MRI scanner uses about 10000 litres of liquid helium - the equivalent of 211,888 balloons.

 

AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OPTION

Balloons can fill a room with decor but what you are seeing is mostly air.  Once popped, thousands of balloons will not even fill 1 bin bag and they are biodegradable.  This is less waste than 1 cardboard sign/banner.

 

BALLOON RELEASES

We do not condone or knowingly provide balloons for balloon releases. Releases are incredibly harmful to the environment and shouldn’t be conducted under any circumstance. When you are finished enjoying balloons please "pin it and bin it".  Balloons should never be released outdoors.

 

PACKAGING

The boxes our inflated balloons arrive in are cardboard and widely recycled with your usual recyclable waste collection. The packaging we use for our DIY products is also recyclable and includes a minimum of 70% post-consumer waste, such as drinks bottles, reformed to make the boxes. When placed into general recycling, the facilities use an infrared system and will sort the box into their ' clear/natural' a category which is then made into a new product such as guttering, windows and garden furniture.

 

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Bubblegum Balloons is run by three friends with a shared passion for creativity and beautiful things. We often get asked how we got into the balloon business, so we thought we would put the story out there for everyone to read. More...

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