Balloon Recycling & Latex Balloons and the Environment
We at ICandy Balloons have joined as a gold member in this inititiative to recycle all balloons.
The mission is to help create a sustainable, environmentally responsible Balloon Industry by instituting an Australia Wide recycling program, to ensure that the joy of balloons can continue for generations to come without having any negative impact on the environment.
The future of the balloon industry as we know it is under enormous pressure to become sustainable and we have developed a balloon recycling program that requires minimal energy and no harmful chemicals. We can take latex balloons, foil balloons and even plastic bubble balloons and recycle and up cycle them to create new products and give the used balloons another life.
Latex balloons that have been treated with Hi Float, Balloon Shine, Hi Shine, inflated with helium or air CAN ALL BE RECYCLED by Balloon Recycling Australia.
Through a 3 stage process, we can turn all balloons into a granulated form and then use these granules to form the basis of which they then become new products.
We can also use the granules as a filler and add into other products.
We will continue to develop new innovative solutions to give used balloons another life.
ALTERNATIVELY please act responsibly and pin and bin your balloons, information as follows.
LATEX BALLOONS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
We are proud members of PEBA -The Pro Balloon Alliance.
We promote the Pin It & Bin It Campaign.
We will not sell balloons that are to be intentionally release into the atmosphere.
When you have finished appreciating your balloons please pin it & bin it.
PEBA (Pro Environment Balloon Alliance) stands for
* No balloon releases. Members of PEBA do not support, or condone, nor will they facilitate the deliberate release of balloons. PEBA is happy to work with any Authority (Local, State, or Federal) in supporting any legislation calling for a ban on the deliberate release of balloons
* Promotion of the correct disposal of balloons. Members of PEBA will continue to educate their clients, venue managers and the general public, by all possible means, in the correct disposal of balloons and strongly support BASA's "Pin it and Bin It" campaign.
* Inform and educate. PEBA will actively promote the positive environmental aspects of balloons, while presenting a balanced view to members, the public and any authorities, on all matters pertaining to balloons and the environment.
As environmentally conscious and responsible members of the community, we have developed the following environmental policy:
Latex balloons are produced from the milky sap of the rubber tree, Hevea brasillensis. The rubber tree originated in the tropical forests of South America and was taken to Europe from Brazil - hence the Latin name. It is now grown on plantations in many tropical countries. The rubber tree grows for 17 years before it can be tapped into to extract latex. The latex is collected in buckets, as it drips from harmless cuts in the bark. The process is much like that used to collect maple syrup. The rubber tree has a life span of around 45 years. The use of latex balloons and other rubber products, make rubber trees economically valuable, which discourages people from cutting them down and provides a valuable revenue to many third world countries.
FOIL BALLOONS ARE NOT BIODEGRADABLE
Our foil/mylar balloons are made from plastic and have a printed metallic coating on the outside. However, foil balloons are re-usable and we encourage our customers to deflate them after the event and retain for future use. They can be returned to us at anytime for a helium refill for a fee. Or as mentioned they can be recycled