PLASTIC BALLOONS BLOW.

Whether latex or mylar, balloons blow away, burst, deflate and return to pollute the planet.

ANIMALS MISTAKE THEM FOR FOOD OR BECOME ENTANGLED IN THEIR RIBBONS, WHICH CAN BE FATAL.

When considering purchasing plastic balloons for a party, remember that 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 by refusing to buy plastic balloons!

Here are four more #plasticfree party planning actions you can take today:

  • 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.
  • Check out our Plastic Free Shopping Guide for suggestions on how to live without Ziplock.