Most people who claim balloons are bad for the environment believe balloons are made of plastic, and latex balloons are not. They are made from rubber trees, so they are biodegradable products. Studies have shown that latex balloons decompose at about the same rate as an oak leaf. Balloonzilla is very environmentally concerned with the output of the services we provide. This is why we responsibly source from balloon distributors and manufacturers that only have balloons that are made from rubber trees located in plantations that are Rainforest Alliance Certified™.
The Rainforest Alliance is a growing network of farmers, foresters, communities, scientists, governments, environmentalists, and businesses dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. We rely on this international non-profit organization to certify if the rubber tree our latex balloons come from, are a part of an eco-system that builds strong forests, healthy agricultural landscapes, and thriving communities through creative, pragmatic collaboration.
In order to become certified, farms must meet criteria of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard. The Standard encompasses all three pillars of sustainability-social, economic, and environmental. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms are audited regularly to verify that farmers are complying with the Standard’s comprehensive requirements, which require continual improvement on the journey to sustainable agriculture. The Standard is built on these important principles of sustainable farming:
- Biodiversity conservation
- Improved livelihoods and human well-being
- Natural resource conservation
- Effective planning and farm management systems
So we are proud to say, that our latex balloon products are environmentally safe, bio-degradable, and from an eco-system which is promoting sustainability.