Let’s stay on the party theme for this blog too and let’s talk about balloons. Beautiful, colorful, shiny balloons.
Balloons kill wildlife and pollute the Earth. It’s just a sad fact of life. While some balloons burst, others just gradually deflate. But they all fall back down to Earth where they can wreak havoc on wildlife on land, sea, and air.
I’m sure we have all seen the graphic pictures of dead animals and what they have found in their stomachs. Marine animals like turtles, fish, dolphins and whales, as well as animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and more have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It will slowly starve to death. Animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat.
Do not fear! There are alternatives to balloons that will still make your celebration look beautiful or be meaningful. Let’s just list a few to get you thinking.
For birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations why not use colorful flowers, signs and banners make out of recycled paper or cardboard instead of balloons? These can be used over again or when they get looking a bit ragged, they can be recycled.
Besides, as you get up in age do you really want that many balloons at your party, so everyone has a visual of your age? At this point (at least in my life) the person holding the helium balloons might actually float away!
Bubbles! Who doesn’t love watching bubbles floating in the breeze on a warm summer’s day? There are plenty of homemade recipes on the internet and non-toxic bubbles that you can buy. Try making a bubble frame from out of something you have lying around that will blow giant bubbles! Those are the most fun to watch!
When having a remembrance or memorial, do a tree, bench or flower garden planting instead of a balloon release! Who wouldn’t want a mighty tree planted in their memory? The tree will provide shade, beauty, oxygen and a home for birds and animals for decades after your loved one is gone.
There are so many alternatives to the dreaded balloon! It’s worth looking into to save an animal’s life and the life of our planet.
We all need to do our part to leave our planet in better shape.
It’s easy being greener!