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Balloon Releases our environment and the balloon Guidelines and code of conduct

Balloon Releases are fun, spectacular and fulfil a variety of promotional and fundraising objectives printed balloons or plain can be used. When carrying out a balloon release, there are certain guidelines which should be adhered to:

For customers and organisations planning their own balloon release for fund raising or any other purpose, we strongly recommend that only a small balloon release should be attempted without professional assistance. Small is a quantity of 1000 balloons. This guidance is to limit the risk of potential danger to animals sea creatures and the general environment.

What happens when a balloon is released : A scientific survey revealed that a balloon will float up to a height of 5 miles and then it becomes brittle and shatters into miniscule pieces falling back to earth at a rate of one piece every 5 square miles. Problems can arise when a balloon is not inflated properly or fully or is carrying too much weight and therefore does not reach the height at which shattering occurs.

The Balloon Industry has produced a Code of Conduct with input from leading environmental organisations which should be followed.

It is a requirement that if you are releasing more than 5,000 balloons you must apply in writing for permission to the Civil Aviation Authority at least 28 days in advance of the release because balloons can interfere with air traffic. The CAA also likes to be informed of balloon releases up to 5,000. Balloon plastic valves are no longer allowed to be released into the sky as they do not biodegrade.

We at Balloons Galore, can supply all the necessary balloons and accessories for you to carry out a balloon release or we can completely plan and carry out the promotional balloon release for you. Please ask for further details and we will forward you a quotation.

Balloons and the environment:

There are basically two kind of balloons, foil and latex balloons. The foil ones are a bladder made of nylon that is covered with a layer of aluminium 0.0015 of an inch thick.

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

Latex is the product of rubber tree sap and it breaks down when exposed to the elements of nature. Oxidation is the first step in the breakdown and it begins within approx. 1 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 with a variety of balloons under various conditions to accurately gauge the time needed for the latex to degrade. Results from this study indicated that the decomposition time for balloons is about the same rate as an oak leaf 6 months.

If you require any more information about balloon printing and releasing into the environment please give Balloons Galore a call. 01455 284422