Responsible Balloon Practices 

 

We care about your balloons and the environment

 

We are not just any balloon retailer, we are an indepenent business who is proud of our approach to better balloon practices and how we work to minimise our impact on the environment whilst maximising your enjoyment of balloons. 


What makes us different?

We were one of the early members of PEBA (the Pro-environment Balloon Alliance) in the United Kingdom. This means we do not knowingly facilitate the release of balloons, we use better practices in the development and design of our balloon décor and arrangements, and educate our customers in the best way to enjoy balloons responsibly. We have values and principles that are often not (regrettably) shared by all balloon retailers, such as discount stores and multiple retailers. That's another reason why we are proud to be an Independent retailer and are not prepared to have a balloon business without care for the cost to the environment. That makes us different and better for it.


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We don't use scarce Helium to inflate balloons

We don't inflate your balloons with the helium that's needed for purposes such as cooling MRI Scanners; they use liquid helium. Nor do we use helium that's often used for welding, satellite instruments or lasers. We use Balloon Gas - that's very different. It may have been used for purposes such as cooling medical equipment, but it has since been recovered and no longer has a medical, scientific or industrial use. It's not pure helium gas, it's a mixture of helium, oxygen, nitrogen - lots of things, but it's quite safe be around (just don't breathe it in - humans are designed to breathe oxygen, not helium!). If it were not used for balloons, it would likely be wasted by safely releasing it into the atmosphere without further use.

Recycle your balloons - yes, you can! :) 

Latex balloons

Put them in your compost bin! They will degrade at about the same rate as an oak leaf.


Foil balloons

If you have purchased a foil balloon from us, you can return it to us. We don't accept balloons purchased elsewhere (please speak to them about their eco-credentials and recycling policies!) but those returned to us will be repurposed. We heat treat them to change their composition and use them in in-store decor - many times over! We can also reshape them to make pretty weight covers than can be used many times. We do not re-inflate or sell them again.


Bubble balloons

If you have purchased a bubble balloon from us, you can return it to us. We don't accept balloons purchased elsewhere (please speak to them about their eco-credentials and recycling policies!). We have a contract that accepts this type of plastic for recycling.

 

Weights

Sometimes we use sand weights - that's a latex balloon with sand in it. Where the weight is a plastic disk weight, we cannot recycle those. Where you have a traditional balloon weight (sometimes called a "fluffy weight") that has a "fluffy" foil top, why not bring it with you next time and we can attach your balloons to it? If you don't want to keep it hanging about, you can return it to us if you purchased the weight from us and it has our markings on it. We will soon be starting a "weight deposit scheme" where you can get some money back for returning one of our "fluffy" weights to us.


Balloon Ribbon

Remove any ribbon from your balloons before composting or returning them to us. Consider using them for wrapping a present - that's an additional lease of life for them! Otherwise, please dispose of them within your household waste. We can offer biodegradable twine in place of ribbon in some balloon bouquets and decorations.


Our latex balloons are not plastic - no matter how many times you read otherwise

This is one of the most common myths. "Look at all that wasted plastic" - but latex balloons are not plastic. 

A single rubber tree, in its lifetime, counteracts the carbon emissions from a car being driven 36,000km - PEBA.

The latex balloons we use are are made from 100% natural latex. They are biodegradable and they decompose about as fast as an oak leaf. Latex balloons come from rubber trees. Latex is collected by cutting the tree’s bark, then catching the latex in a cup. Latex harvesting doesn’t hurt the tree. Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A tree can produce latex for up to 40 years! So, growing rubber trees is good for the environment.


We never knowingly support balloon releases - whether it is one balloon or many

This is a difficult situation for us as we appreciate mourning a loved one is such a difficult time. We are often asked to provide a balloon that can be released in memory of a loved one and to help with the grieving process. It is so hard for us to say no - we don't want to make things difficult - but we do not facilitate this. Whilst we can supply a balloon that is biodegradable and attach biodegradable twine - that doesn't make it safe or good for the environment. It is against our code of practice to support the release of any balloon for any purpose. If a latex balloon was released and travelled into the sky without becoming trapped in a hedgerow or tree, or falling into water, it would likely shatter into pieces that when they fall to earth are usually small enough to pass through an animal (if ingested) without any harm. Further, they would biodegrade at approximately the same rate as an oak leaf. But that's all in "ideal" situations and so the best and most responsible course of action is simply not to release balloons. As an alternative, we suggest sprinkling some natural flower petals into a stream or maybe plant a tree in memory. Littering is not something that you really want a loved one to be remembered by.


 

Balloons

Our range of over 600 styles of foil, bubble, latex and character balloons are the largest in the region. We supply impressive balloon arches and have a range of balloon bouquets to choose from in store.

Costumes and accessories

We have over 50 styles of wigs, a large range of fancy dress costumes, countless accessorites and over 50 styles of hats in our costumes and accessories range.

Theme and plain colour tableware

With 13 plain colour co-ordinating shades of tableware including cutlery, table covers, napkins plates and cups, and with an impressive range of themed tableware and over 100 varieties of table confetti, we're the one stop shop for the best dressed party tables in Gloucestershire