Mylar balloons are made of synthetic nylon with metallic coating and are not biodegradable. All balloons are wasteful when let go and are potentially hazardous to the environment as well as domestic animals and wildlife.
Although latex (rubber) balloons are considered biodegradable, they will take anywhere from 6 months to 4 years to decompose.
Reduce pollution in the environment by purchasing only easily biodegradable balloons.
You can reduce the need for balloons by using alternative, reusable decorating techniques such as bunting, lanterns, streamers, ribbons, kites and garden spinners.
Balloons can be deflated, stored and re-inflated for multiple special occasions.
Semi-deflated balloons can be dipped in chocolate to make bowls, or in paint to stamp onto paper.
Make a stress-ball by filling a balloon with rice or wheatgrain.
Popped balloons can be cut up and reused in scrapbooking, collages and art projects.
Balloons cannot be recycled.
Place in normal waste collection for landfill.