Unless otherwise stated in individual listings, all latex balloons have been repackaged from our bulk supply. This enables us to offer our customers a wider variety of color assortments and at the same time keeps our prices competitive.
As with our latex balloons, our Mylar balloons come to us both individually packaged and in unpackaged bulk. If you receive an unpackaged balloon, be assured that the balloon is new and unused. If you would like to know if the balloons you will be receiving are packaged or unpackaged, please feel free to contact us and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
How long will my helium-filled latex balloons float?
On average, un-treated, 11-inch diameter, helium-filled, latex balloons can be expected to float approximately 12-18 hours, while 16-inch diameter latex balloons will float approximately 24-36 hours after being initially filled. Float time may vary depending on temperature and atmospheric conditions.
Treating the inside of latex balloons with a water soluble, transparent, plastic material called Hi-Float will increase float time. This product works because its molecular structure (plastic) is much more dense than latex rubber so it reduces the rate of helium loss through the balloon's outer wall.
What happens to Helium-filled Latex balloons when they are released outdoors?
Research has shown that when latex balloons are released, they often rise to an altitude of about five miles where they begin to freeze in the -50 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. In addition, the strong differential between the gas pressure inside the balloon and the near vacuum outside the balloon at that altitude causes the balloons to expand to the point were they eventually burst. Because the latex is frozen, the bursting balloon tears into shreds, also known scientifically as "brittle fracture." These tiny, spaghetti-like shreds then scatter over a wide area as they fall back to Earth and begin to biodegrade at approximately the same rate as an Oak leaf.
Are foil balloons biodegradable like Latex balloons?
Because foil balloons contain aluminum they are not considered to be biodegradable. What's more, as these balloons contain metal, they can and will conduct electricity. Thus, Mylar balloons should NEVER be released outdoors because they could become entangled with power lines and lead to commercial power outages.
Children under the age of eight (8) years old can choke or suffocate on un-inflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision is advised. Keep all un-inflated balloons away from children and discard broken balloons immediately. Care should be taken while inflated balloons are near the eyes, and eye protection is strongly recommended while inflating balloons.
For health and safety reasons, do not inflate balloons by mouth.
Inhaling Helium can result in serious lung injuries and/or suffocation. DO NOT inhale Helium from a balloon or a Helium tank under any circumstances!