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Falske bilder

Falske bilder brukt som propaganda i debatten om ballonger og miljø.


Her kommer eksempler på manipulerte bilder som er blitt brukt i sosiale medier som skremselspropaganda mot ballonger. Etter at det ble avslørt at dette dreier seg om manipulerte bilder, har de blitt fjernet. 

Det kan likevel hende at noen bilder brukes fortsatt.


Grunnen til at jeg legger de ut her er for å vise hva som kan gjøres for, bokstavlig talt, å gi et galt bilde av situasjonen.
Ta bildene dere ser med en klype salt. 
Mye kan gjøres i Photoshop…

Del gjerne 

Disse bildene ble brukt på den hollandske nettsiden  http://www.dieballongaatnietop.nl/ (Ballongene går ikke opp)

Bildene som er merket original har link til originalbildet også.

Finner du andre bilder på nettet som kan se ut som om er manipulert?
Send en epost med link til bildet til oss.

petter(at)ballonger.no

Takk for hjelpen!

Sue Bowler har blogget om hvorfor vi sier nei til ballongslipp.

Sue Bowler er en av de ledende ballonginstruktørene i verden. Hun har blogge The Very Best Balloon Blog som hun skriver på vegne av ballongprodusenten Pioneer (Qualatex ballonger).

https://theverybestballoonblog.blogspot.com/2018/06/why-we-should-ban-balloon-releases.html

Monday, June 4, 2018

Why We Should Ban Balloon Releases

This is a highly emotive topic for the balloon industry. There are those balloon professionals who no longer support, or condone, nor facilitate the deliberate release of balloons into the atmosphere, and those who believe that when conducted properly, and with the right materials, latex balloon releases are harmless to wildlife and the environment.

But I would like to start this post with a few thought-provoking words from Chris Adamo, CBA, of Balloons Online in Sydney, Australia.

“Our industry is on the brink of a new era. We really do face the risk of loosing our jobs and our wonderful community through misinformed policy makers. We need to accept the situation and take proactive action to future proof the balloon industry. Banning balloon releases and educating the public on best practice latex disposal is something we all can decide to do, something we can all agree on and start today so we can once again concentrate on the positive story that balloons so naturally exude.” 

So what is all the fuss about?

Many environmentally conscious organisations and private individuals expressed a real concern on what harmful effects latex balloon releases might have both as litter and to wildlife through ingestion.

This concern has extended well beyond the environmentalists and is now one of the hot topics for governments and councils around the world, many who have already banned balloons or are calling upon balloons to be banned. Some talk about balloon releases, whilst others talk about a complete ban of balloons – this is scary!

It cannot be disputed that balloon releases cause litter – “What goes up, must come down!”

But are there any substantiated facts as to what actually happens to a latex balloon once it has been released?

A recent report indicates that of those latex balloons that could be traced after a monitored balloon release, approximately 12% burst into small pieces, and 81% were recovered with half of the balloon mass intact. Another study suggests – “Wwhen a latex helium balloon reaches the low temperatures within that 5-6 mile altitude range, it will actually freeze. The elasticity of latex decreases significantly in low temperatures, so the helium balloon that was expanding suddenly becomes incredibly brittle.
What happens next is not the traditional pop that you and I are used to seeing, but instead something simply called “shattering.” The helium balloon breaks in a manner that is similar to smashing a mirror, and all that is left are very small pieces of cold latex that sprinkle back down to the planet (It’s said that these shattered pieces are too small to pose any threats to animals because they are easily passed through the system if ingested.)
Of course, there are exceptions. Variables that can throw a hitch in these rules include poorly manufactured or flawed latex, latex that is unable to expand significantly or expands too quickly, helium balloons that are not fully inflated, or the altitude and climate of the place from which the balloon was released.”

Every day we are seeing more and more negative reports about balloons and the environment, and yes, many of them are untrue or unsubstantiated.

“All released balloons, including those falsely marketed as “biodegradable latex,” return to Earth as ugly litter. They kill countless animals and cause dangerous power outages.” – Balloon Blow – Don’t Let Them Go

The problem that we have is that most people – the public – cannot distinguish between types of balloons. For them, a balloon is a balloon whether its latex, foils, or otherwise, and therefore any released “balloons” are polluting our planet.

So as an industry, what can we do to change public perception?

I believe like so many other balloon professionals that we need to unify as an industry and show that we are responsible and that we definitely care about the environment, and for that reason, we need to do something positive that proves it.

There are several groups and organisations that are working very hard to make this happen.

The Pro Environment Balloon Alliance – PEBA, have three main messages;

NO BALLOON RELEASES

Members of PEBA do not support, or condone, nor will they facilitate the deliberate release of balloons. PEBA is happy to work with any authority (local, state, or federal) in supporting any legislation calling for a ban on the deliberate release of balloons.

PROMOTE THE CORRECT DISPOSAL OF BALLOONS

Members of PEBA will continue to educate their clients, venue managers and the general public, by all possible means, in the correct disposal of balloons and strongly support BASA’s “Pin it and Bin It” campaign.

INFORM AND EDUCATE
PEBA will actively promote the positive environmental aspects of balloons, while presenting a balanced view to members, the public and any authorities, on all matters pertaining to balloons and the environment.

http://www.peba.com.au/#

The European  Balloon and Party Council – EBPC mission statement

Don’t let go – we love the environment too!

“We have requested that our members do not release balloons and we urge the public to ‘Don’t let go’. Please read our tips on our ‘How to handle balloons’ page and dispose of balloons responsibly.”





Don’t let go
EBPC’s position on balloon releases;

Balloons are a unique much-loved product and are considered irreplaceable in what they offer. Over the last few years, the industry has seen changes in consumer viewpoints and perceptions related to such products. Although these changes and increased participation have surfaced in the last few years, the rise of social media platforms and technology has enabled better reporting of such viewpoints and perceptions.

To comply with the EBPC mission statement, “To educate and promote the fun use of balloons and party products safely, ethically and in respect of the environment”, and as a responsible organisation shaping our industry, we recognise the impact of our products within its marketplace. This monitoring, along with our corporate social responsibility, has led the council to pioneer new thinking within our industry on how balloons should be handled in respect of the environment, which has led to an agreement that ‘the EBPC does not support balloon releases’ as we wish to protect the environment from unnecessary litter. While latex balloon releases are visually appealing, the resulting deflated or partially inflated balloons that return to the ground is visually offensive to many, and we must respect this. This is becoming even more important as local authorities across the world are introducing penalties for balloon releases on their land or property.

The EBPC provides a united front to protect and grow the industry by promoting and facilitating best practices through the coalition of its members across the EU. We look to all members to support our stance in this good cause and encourage promotion of this positive message with respect to the environment.

What’s happening in the animal world?

We cannot say for sure how many animals are affected by balloon releases. There are many reports of the same instances. However, during research at EBPC in 2016, we have identified less than 6 cases since 1885 where evidence has suggested balloons to be the cause of an animal death. This was in line with the findings of research by DEFRA in 2013.

Unfortunately, we have also found evidence of misleading claims and repeated instances of the same photographs, or pictures that have been doctored and used for bad publicity of balloons. To reiterate, we love the environment and wish no harm to any form of life.

Don’t let go – our message to consumers is clear

We are an evidence-based organisation and only work with facts. If you would like more information about anything on our website, please get in touch.

https://ebpcouncil.eu/the-framework/balloon-releases



Balloon and Party Industry Alliance – BAPIA

“BAPIA has taken the decision to no longer support the release of balloons into the environment. This decision has been taken based on the feedback from our members who have told us overwhelmingly that they feel balloon releases are not good for the environment and that they would totally support this decision. We would ask all members of the public to follow this lead and don’t let go of helium filled balloons as it can have a negative effect on the environment. We know that our members will be happy to discuss alternative creative options with their customers. Enjoy balloons responsibly!”

www.bapiaonline.com

At this time, we still have a choice, and whether you join PEBA, EBPC, or BAPIA, and follow their lead and choose not to release any balloons is your decision. But as Chris  Adamo and many others are saying, our industry is on the brink of a new era, and to be honest we need to change with the times. And as Chris said to me – “things that once were considered okay to do are no longer considered acceptable – remember sitting on a plane where people smoked or traveled in a car without a seatbelt?”

Happy ‘Responsible’ Ballooning!

Sue
www.suebowler.com

Resources:
“Helium balloon: What happens when you let go,” by Kathi Ledidenon 13 August 2015,
Mass Latex Balloon Releases and the Potential Effect on Wildlife – Stephan Irwin 8-2012

24 medlemsbedrifter!

Nå er 24 ballongfirmaer medlemmer av Ballongalliansen.
Det er veldig bra og sammen skal vi bidra til at det blir informert saklig og grundig om ballonger og miljø.
Støtt medlemmene våre ved å kjøpe ballongtjenester av de.

Her er 24 registrerte norske medlemmer fra PEBAs medlemsside pr. 21. mai:

& Balloons
Fredrik q Thompson
thompson@sbproduksjoner.no
andballoons.no
91311477
Theresesgate 14b
0452
Norway

Ablegøy Partyspesialisten
Ulf Johansson
ablegoy@live.no
www.ablegoy.no
+4798415432
Furusethgata 5
Jessheim, 2050
Norway

A EVENT AS
Lill Merete Nilsen
lill@eventmarked.no
www.eventmarked.no 
0047 94828482
Hegdalringen 25
Larvik 3261
Norway

Ballongdekor AS
Eva Waagsbø
post@ballongdekor.no
www.ballongdekor.no
41298580
Nedre Korskirkealm 10
NESTTUN, 5225
Norway

Ballongbutikken AS
Petter Vabog
petter@ballonger.no
www.ballonger.no
004795243774
PO Box 53 Pindsle
Sandefjord, NO-3249
Norway

Ballongdesign Unlimited AS
Morten Hallanger
post@ballongdesign.no 
www.ballongdesign.no 
004792666035
Nordre Nesvei 5
Duken, 3133
Norway

Ballongtwist
Torkel Tande
Torktan@hotmail.com
Norway

Ballong Event Byraa
Isaiah O’Connor
Isaiah@ballongeventbyraa.com
www.ballongeventbyraa.com
+4798688865
Kristiansand
Norway

BallongEventyret
Alejandra Morales-Misiewicz
Post@ballongeventyret.no
www.ballongeventyret.no 
45472218
Gildevangen 10 A
Oslo, Oslo
Norway

Ballongsøstrene
Hilde Eriksen
ballongsostrene@gmail.com
www.ballongsøstrene.no
40410881
Dalhaugene 9
5153 Bønes
Bergen
Norway

Eventyrlig Dekor AS
Ellinor Topland
Post@eventyrligdekor.no
www.eventyrligdekor.no
+47 40452244
Torneroseveien 8
Sandnes 4315
Norway

ExcellentEvent
Janicke Karlsen
janicke@excellentevent.no
https://excellentevent.no
+4799319784
Basneset 42
5304 Hetlevik, Hordaland 5304
Norway

Fargerike Drommer
monika ladogorska
fargerikedrommer@gmail.com
www.fargerikedrommer.com
004748089997
Fiboveien 1
Lyngdal 4580
Norway

Festligeting
Anne Hauge Stensland
Anne@festligeting.no
www.festligeting.no
004747025445
Ringsveien 6c
Stabekk 1368
Norway

Festutstyr AS
Liv Oppegård
Liv@festutstyr.no
www.festutstyr.no
+4795760868
Rosenholmveien 40
1414, Trollaasen
Norway

Gøy i Byen
Bjørn J Sørensen
b.j.s@online.no
www.goyibyen.no
+4799279211
Mellomveien 119 A
9006, Tromsø
Norway

Heimdal Transport
Henning Heimdal
Henning@lilleballong.no
+47 56301396
5200 Os
Norway

Kemos Entertainment AS
Morten Sorensen
Morten@kemos.no
www.kemos.no
0047 41383414
Søndre Kullerød 4 a
Sandefjord, Vestfold 3241
Norway

KJEMPEGØY.no AS
Anette Genius
anette@kjempegoy.no
kjempegøy.no
95739438
Storebotn Næringspark 2c
Kleppestø, Askøy 5309
Norway

La Fiesta
Elisa Iglesias
Ei@lafiesta.no
www.lafiesta.no
46678063
Holmenkollveien 20A
Oslo 0376
Norway

The Party Company AS
Lisbet McCarroll
lisbet@theballooncompany.com
www.theballooncompany.com
22444244
Toftesgate 12
0171 Oslo
Norway

Partyman bodø as
Dina Skogvoll
dina@partymanbodo.no
www.partymanbodo.no
004795288230
Storgata 17
8006, bodø
Norway

TJP Service AS
Tom Johnny Pedersen
tj@tjpservice.no
+47 90144459
Ullerudskogen 18
Drøbak, Frogn NO-1447
Norway

Youballong
Kari Stoen
youballong@gmail.com
youballong.com
+4794246379
Fenstad
Norway

Aktive dager

Det er svært aktive dager for oss nå.

Miljøpartiet De Grønne fremmet et forslag om å få et forbud mot salg av alle typer heliumballonger under klimadebatten i Stortinget 3. mai.
Forslaget kom svært overraskende på stortingsrepresentantene og oss i ballongbransjen.
Heldigvis måtte MDG omformulere forslaget sitt og Stortinget vedtok enstemmig et forslag om å be Regjeringen om å utrede et forbud mot alt salg av heliumballonger.

Likevel har mange oppfattet dette som at det nå er forbudt å selge heliumballonger på 17. mai. De har ikke fått med seg at det er snakk om en utredning og ikke et vedtatt forbud.

Vi i Ballongalliansen har tatt kontakt med politikere, media og MDG for å få greie på den videre saksgangen for dette. Det må gis en mulighet for alle parter til å bidra med opplysninger og dokumentasjon før det fattes et endelig vedtak i denne saken.

Flere av medlemmene våre har også vært i kontakt med media.

Førstkommende lørdag (12. mai) skal Petter Vabog (Ballongbutikken AS) være med i debatt på NRK P1 i programmet Ukeslutt (12:30-13:30)
Motdebattant blir en representant for MDG.

Et totalforbud mot salg av alle typer heliumballonger vil få store konsekvenser for den seriøse ballongbransjen. Vi lever av ballongsalg hele året. Ikke bare på 17. mai.

Det blir en spennende tid framover og vi skal gjøre alt vi kan for å informere på en saklig og veldokumentert måte.
God ballongpraksis

The Great Australian Garbage Map

Her er en interessant artikkel fra The Guardian i Australia.
Ballonger nevnes ikke…
Klikk på bildet for å komme til artikkelen.

Faktaark om helium – meget godt!

Dette er en meget god dokumentasjon om helium.
Den ble gitt ut i oktober 2016 av The European Balloon & Party Council.
På nettsidene til EBPC er det svært god informasjon om God Ballongpraksis.

Last ned pdf-filen.

Gummiballonger – nedbrytingstest – 26/03/17 – observasjoner

Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing 26/03/2018 Observations

PEBA Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing Perth W.A. 26 March. 2018

5 Months

More volunteers are required to carry out these tests in Australia and around the world. If you are keen to participate, please see details at www.peba.com.au/

Observations

1 x Standard White – Severe deterioration. Neck has totally broken away. Numerous holes and splits. Balloon is disintegrating. One side of the balloon nearly “gone”. Other side starting to break down. Balloon would break up into tiny pieces with any movement.

1 x Fashion Black – Severe oxidation. Several holes and splits down both sides. Balloon starting to break down Least affected balloon. Holes and splitting developing.

1 x Standard Yellow – Massive deterioration. Neck has broken away. Numerous holes and splits. Balloon is disintegrating. Second side breaking down.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Ruby Red – Further massive deterioration.  Balloon falling apart. Small pieces breaking away. Second side showing severe deterioration. Balloon in pieces

1 x Diamond Clear – Severe deterioration. Balloon has collapsed into itself. Splits and holes. Balloon has broken into 3 parts. Balloon shrinking into very small pieces

1 x Jewel / Crystal Emerald Green – Now showing severe deterioration and splits. Piece of the balloon has broken away. Second side starting to deteriorate.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Pink –  Further massive deterioration. Balloon falling apart. Balloon basically in pieces. Second side starting to break down. Balloon in tiny pieces.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Sapphire Blue – Further severe deterioration. Balloon breaking up. Substantial number of holes, splits and cracking. Neck broken away. Whole balloon falling apart.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Lime Green – Further severe deterioration of the whole balloon. Holes, splits and severe cracking. Balloon breaking up into tiny pieces.

Further Notes:

The balloons are in a position where they only receive between 3 and 4 hours of full sun, per day. The results of balloons in full sun would be interesting.

If the balloons were situated so that they were moved around by the wind, many of them would be even further broken down.

Under these conditions there is already a strong indication that latex balloons will not have a significant long term effect on the environment.

Simple Equation:

Positive effect on greenhouse gases and hence global warming.
+
No Balloon Releases.
+
Dispose of balloons correctly, as you would with any other product.
=
Either none, or extremely insignificant detrimental effect on our environment.

Gummiballonger – nedbrytingstest – 26/01/17 – observasjoner

Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing 26/01/2018 Observations

PEBA Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing Perth W.A. 26 Jan. 2018

4 Months

More volunteers are required to carry out these tests in Australia and around the world. If you are keen to participate, please see details at www.peba.com.au/

Observations

1 x Standard White – Severe deterioration. Neck has totally broken away. Numerous holes and splits. Balloon is disintegrating.

1 x Fashion Black – Severe oxidation. Several holes and splits. Least affected balloon.

1 x Standard Yellow – Severe deterioration. Neck has broken away. Numerous holes and splits. Balloon is disintegrating.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Ruby Red – Further massive deterioration.  Balloon falling apart.

1 x Diamond Clear – Severe deterioration. Balloon has collapsed into itself. Splits and holes.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Emerald Green – Deterioration around the neck. Severe oxidation. Splits developing.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Pink –  Further massive deterioration. Balloon falling apart. Balloon basically in pieces.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Sapphire Blue – Severe deterioration. Balloon breaking up. Substantial number of holes, splits and cracking.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Lime Green – Further severe deterioration of the whole balloon. Holes, splits and severe cracking.

Further Notes:

The balloons are in a position where they only receive between 3 and 4 hours of full sun, per day. The results of balloons in full sun would be interesting.

If the balloons were situated so that they were moved around by the wind, many of them would be even further broken down.

Simple Equation:

Positive effect on greenhouse gases and hence global warming.
+
No Balloon Releases.
+
Dispose of balloons correctly, as you would with any other product.
=
Either none, or extremely insignificant detrimental effect on our environment.

 

Gummiballonger – nedbrytingstest – 21/12/17 – observasjoner

Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing 21/12/2017 Observations

Many people have expressed interest in conducting testing on the biodegradability of latex balloons. Whether you are a member of PEBA (Pro Environment Balloon Alliance), or not, it would be fantastic to have you involved. I have tried to set the test up using correct “Scientific Method”.  Who’s in?

The test consists of:

  • 1 x open 13 litre container (Bunnings), or similar, with a couple of holes drilled in the base, filled to three quarters with soil from your local area.
  • 9 x Latex Balloon (Manufacturer of Your Choice)

1 x Standard White  Severe oxidation, deterioration of the neck and several holes.

1 x Fashion Black  Oxidation, least affected balloon.

1 x Standard Yellow Severe Oxidation and numerous holes.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Ruby Red  Massive deterioration. Balloon falling apart.

1 x Diamond Clear Severe deterioration. Balloon has collapsed into itself.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Emerald Green Deterioration around the neck. Severe oxidation.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Pink  Massive deterioration around neck. Balloon falling apart

1 x Pearl / Metallic Sapphire Blue Severe deterioration around neck. One hole.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Lime Green  Numerous holes and severe deterioration of the whole balloon.

  • It is interesting that the Fashion Black and Jewel Emerald Green have been the slowest balloons to break down, yet they are the fastest when still in their packaging.
  • The balloons should be inflated to size and then let down. This is because most balloons that find their way into the environment have been inflated.
  • The variety of balloons and colours has been selected because experience tells us that some balloons (e.g. darker colours and Jewel / Crystal) biodegrade faster than others and it is necessary to measure the difference.
  • The container should not be covered and should be left outside under all weather conditions.
  • Please photograph your experiment every 30 days (or less) and take note of any changes, etc.
  • The data collected from these tests conducted under different soil and weather conditions will be invaluable.
  • I will also be doing two separate tests, using beach sand and sea water.
  • Data updates and all results will be published on www.peba.com.au

21/12/2017

Gummiballonger – nedbrytingstest – 26/11/17 – observasjoner

Dette innlegget er kopiert fra www.peba.com.au (PEBA)

 Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing 26/11/2017 Observations

Many people have expressed interest in conducting testing on the biodegradability of latex balloons. Whether you are a member of PEBA (Pro Environment Balloon Alliance), or not, it would be fantastic to have you involved. I have tried to set the test up using correct “Scientific Method”.  Who’s in?

The test consists of:

  • 1 x open 13 litre container (Bunnings), or similar, with a couple of holes drilled in the base, filled to three quarters with soil from your local area.
  • 9 x Latex Balloon (Manufacturer of Your Choice)

1 x Standard White  Further oxidation and deterioration.

1 x Fashion Black  Some oxidation and fading

1 x Standard Yellow Severe  Fading / Oxidation.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Ruby Red Severe fading / Holes in the balloon.

1 x Diamond Clear Severe oxidation and breakdown of the balloon. Balloon has collapsed into itself.

1 x Jewel / Crystal Emerald Green Substantial Oxidation and deterioration.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Pink  Severe Fading / Oxidation and a hole in the side of the balloon.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Sapphire Blue Severe Fading / Oxidation.

1 x Pearl / Metallic Lime Green  Severe Fading / Oxidation / some deterioration.

  • The balloons should be inflated to size and then let down. This is because most balloons that find their way into the environment have been inflated.
  • The variety of balloons and colours has been selected because experience tells us that some balloons (e.g. darker colours and Jewel / Crystal) biodegrade faster than others and it is necessary to measure the difference.
  • The container should not be covered and should be left outside under all weather conditions.
  • Please photograph your experiment every 30 days (or less) and take note of any changes, etc.
  • The data collected from these tests conducted under different soil and weather conditions will be invaluable.
  • I will also be doing two separate tests, using beach sand and sea water.
  • Data updates and all results will be published on www.peba.com.au

26/11/2017

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