While there is a lot of current media attention on the impact of micro-plastics on the environment and on marine animals, birds are also impacted by these dangerous particulate matter. In addition, prior to decomposition, balloons released individually and as part of celebrations can cause injury to native and migratory birds.
- Helium is a non-renewable resource utilized in MRI machines and for other medically prioritized uses
- Releasing helium balloons for a few seconds of entertainment or celebration results in entanglement, ingestion, starvation, and death of virtually all ocean, terrestrial, and avian wildlife that come in contact with it
- Many states, cities, and towns are recognizing that single-use items of any kind offer a few seconds of use and a lifetime of problems as communities try to figure out how to clean up too much trash and what to do with it
- Celebrate instead by lighting candles, blowing bubbles, and spreading the word that balloons are just intentionally littered trash with deadly consequences for everyone