Protecting the Environment


What are balloons made of?

Foil balloons are a bladder made of nylon that is covered with a layer of aluminium.

Latex balloons are made from the sap of rubber trees – a completely natural substance.

Are the balloons biodegradable?

Foil balloons are not biodegradable. Latex balloons are. Latex balloons break down when exposed to the elements of nature.

How long does it take for a latex balloon 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).

Do Balloons of Stafford do balloon releases?

We made the decision some time ago to stop doing balloon releases. We feel that this is the right decision to protect the environment.