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Balloons & the Environment

Balloon Safety

Adult supervision is required at ALL TIMES whilst handling balloons with children under 8 years of age.

It is important that deflated or broken balloons are discarded immediately.


Our balloons have traces of latex proteins, which can cause mild to severe allergic reactions to a number of people. Please do not purchase our kits if you are allergic to latex.

We Care

Balloons have been a party staple since they were invented in 1824. Since their creation, they’ve become an essential element at every party scene. As much fun as they are, unfortunately they can be very damaging to our environment.

Lily The Swan is a proud member of the Pro Environment Balloon Alliance (PEBA) and The Balloon and Party Industry Alliance (BAPIA).

PEBA is a group of balloon industry professionals committed to driving proactive and environmentally responsible change within our industry through responsible use and disposal of balloons.

Lily The Swan has shown its commitment to this cause by being environmentally conscious in our sourcing of balloons.

Latex Balloons

Latex balloons are not plastic, they are a plant-based product made from natural rubber. Natural Latex comes from Rubber Tree Plantations which are a renewable resource. We only use the highest quality balloons.

Our manufacturers source their latex from sustainable Rainforest Alliance Certified and Forest Stewardship Council Plantations.

The Rainforest Alliance are an international, non-profit organisation working to build strong forests, healthy agricultural landscapes and thriving communities through creative and pragmatic collaboration. For more information click here.

Foil Balloons

Foil balloons are not currently biodegradable or recyclable but they do have many uses to extend their lives for years to come and avoid them being sent to landfill.

Read on ways to get the most out of your foil balloons here.

Don't let go

Either intentional or not, a released balloon is hazardous to our environment. What goes up must come down; in this case, when a balloon floats along its merry way, it eventually falls on land or the sea, which can be mistaken for food and eaten by animals, leading to bad stomach issues or even death.

Balloons should always be deflated and disposed in waste bins after use and should not be released in the sky.

Read more here.

By following these easy tips, it is possible to have an enjoyable event whilst ensuring our animals are not harmed after the festivities are over.

You can join our PEBA pledge to “Pin it and Bin it” after enjoying your balloon creations! Join here.