Why the balloon release tradition is bad for the environment

It's a trend that popping up everywhere balloon releases which are local traditions at memorials, schools, weddings, and other events.

Posted: Oct 5, 2021 5:27 PM
Updated: Oct 6, 2021 9:31 AM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) - Lafayette Consolidated Government's environmental quality manager is encouraging those planning a balloon release to consider alternatives. It's a trend that popping up everywhere balloon releases which are local traditions at memorials, schools, weddings, and other events. But, in reality, balloon releases have several harmful implications for the environment.

Sarah Williams says "Instead of releasing balloons, it could either be bubbles".

Many balloons that are released end up in a lake like this one but what could be a positive alternative.

Jenya Mann says "I think moving on to easier material like paper where it's a little easy on the environment that way when balloons pop they don't leave plastic rubber everywhere confetti is made out of paper it's biodegradable and it's easier on the environment".

While most people may know about power loss and debris concerns, another hazard of balloon releases is related to wildlife Connor Benoit says he thinks people shouldn't do it at all.

Benoit says "Well first off ill say don't do it at all because it could be harmful some animals could swallow them and you know don't want them to die also maybe restricting the number of balloons because sometimes, they go overboard".

Jenya says he hopes people will be more inclined to explore other options when it comes to balloon releases.

Mann says "I would advise them maybe after there done to dispose of them versus just releasing them out in the air that way they could save a lot of animals as well as help the environment".

Lafayette Consolidated Government will vote on a resolution this evening condemning ballon releases.

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