Latex Balloon Biodegradability Testing 26/03/2018 Observations

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

5 Months

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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.
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No Balloon Releases.
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Dispose of balloons correctly, as you would with any other product.
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Either none, or extremely insignificant detrimental effect on our environment.