• Balloons are made from 100% natural latex which breaks down when exposed to the elements of nature
• Latex is harvested from rubber trees - the trees are not harmed in the harvesting process
• Studies indicate that the typical decomposition time for a balloon is about 6 months (about the same as an
• Latex harvesting discourages deforestation of rain forests
• Helium is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly gas
SAFETY AND REGULATORY
Our balloons conform to:
• U.S. CPSIA Standards
• U.S. ASTM F963 Standards
• U.S. FHSA Standards
• Canadian CCPSA Standards
• EU Safety of Toys Regulations
Our balloons are made with 100% premium-quality latex, they have a shelf life of one year or longer if kept in proper conditions.
To ensure maximum shelf life, we offer the following recommendations:
• Always rotate stock - first in, first out
• Store in a cool, dry, well ventilated area
• Optimum temperature range is 68°F - 72°F
• Keep away from electrical motors, hot water pipes and other heat sources
• Keep balloons away from direct light sources including sunlight, fluorescent, and incandescents
THE HELIUM CRISIS
The problem is that since 1996, the federal government has been selling its vast reserve of helium, which is held underground in a natural geological formation near Amarillo, Texas. Those sales supply 42% of the helium consumed in the United States and 35% of the helium consumed globally. But by law, the sales continue only until the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which controls the reserve, recoups the $1.4 billion debt the government incurred in developing the reserve. BLM is expected to reach the break-even point by the end of this fiscal year, 30 September, which would take offline a huge chunk of the global helium supply.
Currently, helium cannot be produced efficiently and economically. The few ways it can be harvested includes extraction from natural underground deposits, or from the production of natural gas in which helium is a byproduct.
As helium is a very light gas, it has to be captured quickly, or it will float up into space.
Read more on the subject in his artlice in ChemistryWorld.com