• Only latex balloons are used by professionals in mass
releases. Industry guidelines require these balloons to
be self-tied and have no attached strings or ribbons
— each released balloon is 100 percent
3Rarely do released balloons return to the earth’s
surface intact. Studies show these balloons usually
rise to an altitude of about five miles. At that point,
freezing and air pressure causes “brittle fracture”
creating spaghetti-like pieces that scatter to the four
While some balloons don’t reach this altitude, research
indicates that in an average 500-balloon release, the
unexploded balloon return density is no greater than one per
15 square miles.
Research shows that
regardless of the latex balloon’s
ultimate form when it lands, it
will decompose, forming a
natural soil nutrient at the same
rate as that of an oak leaf.
Latex is dangerous!!!
Fact: Most people do not suffer from latex
allergies, and the balloon industry has
created alternative products for those who
The balloon industry is intent on providing
products that are fun and safe for everyone and
don’t conflict with the environment. Industry
leaders recognize they have obligations to set
industry operating standards that will help
protect and preserve the environment.
Latex balloons come from rubber trees.
Latex is collected by cutting the tree’s bark,
then catching the latex in a cup.
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 up to 40 years!