MAD Balloons uses and recommends ‘Qualatex’ balloons. Qualatex latex balloons are 100% latex, not plastic. They are made from a natural rubber product extracted from the sap of rubber trees (from the brasiliensis hevea tree). It is collected by making a small cut into the tree’s bark, then catching the sap (latex) in a cup. Latex harvesting doesn’t hurt the tree! Latex balloons are Earth-friendly! Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A tree can produce latex for about 35 years. The continuing demand for latex balloons ensures the survival of the rubber tree and provides economic incentive for planting (instead of cutting down) these trees.
These latex balloons are 100% BIODEGRADABLE which can decompose as fast as an oak leaf in your backyard. Use the balloons from your party on your garden as mulch.
“Balloons Kill Baby Sea Creatures and Wildlife”.
A fantastic headline that will definitely grab the attention of the public. However let us consider s few facts;
-Most balloons that end up in the harbour and waterways are because the general public simply let them go after their party, instead of popping them and disposing of them properly.
-National Parks and Widlife Service and Taronga Zoo do not have any documented cases where balloons have caused the death of any animals. However both organisations have appeared in the media denouncing balloons as bad for the environment. Where is the evidence?
-The Clean Up Australia reports identified that 1% of all rubbish collected was in the rubber category. Most of that was rubber tyres. Balloon litter was so insignificant that it did not rate its own sub category.
-Any profesionally released balloons that end up in the waterways are so small as not to cause any ham to the sea creatures who may ingest them – see our balloon releases page for detailed information on this point.
-Most Balloon and Party Industry Professionals are mums and dads, and have the same concerns for the environment as you do. We are not environmental vandals. On the contrary our industry plants more trees as we grow, and we feel that we are making a vauable contribution to the greening of the planet.