What party doesn’t call for balloons. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a more joyful decorative element in a room than a colorful balloon. They’re also cost-effective decorations for the budget conscious party planner. Next time you’re in the market for balloons, consider these little known facts about latex balloons.
Latex balloons are good for the planet
As long as you refrain from releasing balloons into the air and endangering birds and other wildlife, latex balloons are actually biodegradable. The process does take awhile—anywhere from 6 months to 4 years. But, at least this is one party decoration that won’t sit in a landfill for generations to come.
What latex balloons used to be
Well before the development of latex and latex balloons, balloons used to be made from animal bladders. That’s right—bladders. To fill them, the bladders were first dried. They would then use thread to close any holes in the bladder before twisting it while inflating to make an ancient form of balloon animals. Bet you’re grateful for latex now.
A product lighter than air
Balloons are filled with helium which is a noble gas that’s lighter than air. A helium-filled latex balloon will stay inflated for several hours to a few days depending on the air temperature and other factors. Balloons naturally deflate as the gas escapes through the balloon wall. Mylar balloons made with foil are able to hold helium for much longer periods of time.
Latex balloons come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes
One of the most appealing things about latex balloons as party decor is that they come in a giant variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. This means that you will absolutely find balloons to match your party decor. You can also switch up your decor using balloons in a range of sizes from small to extra large.