Almost everyone has released a balloon into the air at some point in their life.
Whether it was intentional or accidental, we’ve all let go of that colorful plastic ribbon and watched the balloon float away.
Usually, little kids are the ones whose fingers let balloons slip through, and although you shouldn’t get angry at them for accidentally releasing balloons, you definitely shouldn’t encourage it.
You probably haven’t thought much about what happens to the balloon after you can’t see it anymore — after all, out of sight out of mind — but you need to start thinking about it.
You may not realize it, but releasing balloons into the air is extremely harmful to the environment, especially animals.
Balloons Blow, an organization that “provides information to educate people about the destructive effects released balloons have on animals, people, and the environment, and strives to inspire and promote an eco-conscious lifestyle,” recently posted a photo guide explaining why you should never release balloons.
On March 29, 2017, the Balloons Blow Facebook page posted the above photo, trying to convince Cullman County, Alabama, to not permit intentional balloon releases.
The photo explained, “Balloons can travel thousands of miles, polluting the most remote & pristine places. Once they do, they become a danger to any animal that comes in contact with it.”