Whether latex or mylar, balloons blow away, burst, deflate and return to pollute the planet. These products made our BAN List 2.0 as some of the world's worst plastic items—from both an environmental and toxic chemicals perspective. Animals mistake them for food or become entangled in their ribbons, which can be fatal. Latex balloons are not biodegradable and Mylar can get caught in power lines and spark fires. But the great thing about plastic balloons is: You can avoid them. Pledge to go #plasticfree at your next party:

  • Decorate with biodegradable ribbons and/or flowers and other natural materials, rather than balloons.
  • Choose reusable utensils and plates, which offer a sustainable alternative to plastic disposables. Finger foods eliminate the need for cutlery altogether!
  • Ask your guests to bring their own reusable cups, position the party on the invite, rsvp and social media as, “This party is #plasticfree so BYO reusable cup!” then provide glass or metal for those who forget.
  • If you choose not to cook or potluck, communicate with caterers that you prefer reusable food containers, rather than plastic bags or wrap. Let them know you won’t accept food in polystyrene and expanded polystyrene foam (better known as Styrofoam) containers.
  • Remember that when it comes to plastic, “compostable” isn’t necessarily better. You need an industrial composting facility to break down most of these types of plastics. Shifting to “better” plastic is less of a solution than moving away from plastic altogether. If you must use disposables, look for those made from recycled paper or naturally compostable materials like bamboo.

Take the pledge today!