Balloons & Sustainability
Do something good with BALLOONS UNITED!
As beautiful as balloons are, it needs be constantly recalled that they cause a lot of waste!
They pollute our environment, land in our ocean and are a serious hazard to animals and ecosystems. We are totally aware of that issue, but we also think that it´s not necessary to renounce them entirely. Because despite the use as an element of decoration and advertising, there are much more application areas as you can imagine, which cause many beautiful moments and should be continued in the future.
However, we must admit that we find ourselves in a slight dilemma, but no need to bury our heads in the sand. Of course there are several ways and means to the protection of a sustainable environment, and honestly, it´s quite easy!
What BALLOONS UNITED does to contribute to environmental protection:
We support SEA SHEPHERD with donating a part of the sales of our GLOBE balloon.
They are an international non-profit organization with the mission to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world´s oceans to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Since an enormous amount of all the waste humankind produces ends up in our oceans, organizations such as SEA SHEPHERD are the ones who clean up our mess in the end…
Current state of donations since September 2016: €600.00 (Status March 31, 2018)
We only offer balloons, which are biodegradable because they are made of 100% natural rubber latex. It´s a naturally grown material, which is long-lasting and eco-friendly harvested. That´s why you won´t ever find mylar balloons for example in our product range. Unfortunately, the process of the biodegradability can take some time (several years) and might cause a lot of damage already during the meantime. Not least because of possible stabilizers and plasticizers which might be added to increase the durability. The most reliable way not to burden our nature is to hold your balloons tight and to dispose of them properly (residual or organic waste).
Less packaging material
We use as little resources as possible by using only as much packaging as necessary. You won´t find single packed balloons or unnecessary labeling here. Due to hygienic reasons and transport safety, we cannot prevent synthetic packaging entirely. But therefore we only use reusable zip lock bags, which are excellently suited for the safe storage of your balloons.
Our shipping boxes are manufactured exclusively from sustainable and reusable materials and are 100% biodegradable. Only with envelopes and tape we, unfortunately, have to make cut-backs. In this case, we didn't find a tear-resistant and durable alternative, which is suitable for international shipping (yet). Furthermore, almost suitable alternatives are very expensive and would influence the shipping costs a lot. But nevertheless we are always seeking for matching alternatives or other options.
Massive balloon releases? No thank you!
We don´t support large balloon releases or similar balloon actions. Every balloon, which rises in the air comes up sometimes inevitable! The probability that it land up immediately in the right garbage can is microscopic…
Reflect and question
We constantly try to optimize our actions with regard to protect the environment. We ask questions, reflect and try to find new ways and options.
What you can do and what you should keep in mind when buying balloons:
By buying a balloon with a GLOBE design you automatically donate to SEA SHEPHERD:
Do you want to support SEA SHEPHERD even more? Perfect!
Visit: SEA SHEPHERD - Donate
Do you really need a massive balloon release?
Although it looks really wonderful: think about the sense of (massive) balloon releases in general (for example at weddings, events, promotions). Is this really necessary? The consequences for our ecosystem aren´t worth this short and transitory moment of a beautiful sight. Especially an advertising campaign doesn´t make that much sense when the advertising medium flies away very quick…
Environmentally friendly materials
Don´t use strings made of polyester or plastic to fix and knot balloons (which are filled with helium), but rather use the environmentally friendly alternative: strings made of cotton and cardboard, which are 100% biodegradable.
Pay attention to an appropriate and professional disposal of all materials, starting at the package to the balloon itself.
Pay attention to the CE-label
Make sure the balloons you buy have an CE certificate. They comply with all requirements and guidelines of the EU (substances etc.). Of course all of our balloons fulfill this criterion.
Try to use balloons more than just once.
Ask questions, reflect and rethink.
The most important thing at last: balloons are meant to bring joy, so let them fulfill their task. Whatever this means and might look like, everyone should decide for their own.
Now HAVE FUN!!!