Mayflower is committed to minimizing our carbon footprint and seek out opportunities to reduce, re-use and recycle materials. Our goal is to work with suppliers that abide by our Code of Conduct that governs our corporate culture and reflects our vision of a cleaner, safer, healthier and happier workplace and world.
Latex balloons are made from a natural product derived from rubber trees. The sap is tapped from the trees similar to the harvesting of syrup. Since latex is a 100% natural product, it will break down into a residue that is not harmful to the environment. Latex balloons biodegrade at about the same rate as other natural products, such as oak leaves and wood fibers.
FOIL AND STRETCHY BALLOONS
Foil and stretchy balloons are made from metalized nylon and a mix of other products. Though not biodegradable, some cities accept them into citywide recycling programs. These balloons can also be inflated, deflated and reused!
Reuse – Foil balloons can be refilled multiple times.
Repurpose – Check out some fun ideas to repurpose foil balloons on our Pinterest Board.
Dispose of properly – Dispose of balloons by popping each balloon and placing in a trash receptacle. Latex balloons can be added to a compost pile or composting facility near you.
Recycle – Check out ways to recycle all of your post-party supplies, not just balloons. Companies like TerraCycle offer programs to recycle and help manage waste.
Balloons should not be released. Balloon makers have worked hard to share and inspire the use of Smart Balloon Practices to keep balloons available for every occasion. We stand with communities by encouraging that balloons be weighted, not released outdoors. Whether it’s a single balloon or hundreds, let’s keep them from flying away. Don’t let go. Inflate. Weight.
Additional resources for balloon education and information.
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