Why You Should Dump Balloons & Use Alternatives


Who wouldn't have a fun childhood memory of balloons? 

Indeed, they are a fantastic festive addition to any celebration. Balloons are fun and beautiful and don't hurt your wallet when purchased. However, there is a dark side in this festive and fun party decoration. They are hurting our environment because they are not reusable in any way, not even biodegradable balloons. Therefore, we have to find new better solutions for how to decorate event venues without balloons.

This article is not supposed to make you feel guilty about using balloons, rather encourage you to acknowledge all the other, even more, beautiful options in the market. And if you decide to go with balloons, we recommend you to choose a balloon store that is responsible and part of PEBA (The Pro Environment Balloon Alliance). This industry association is encouraging all it's members to use balloons responsibly and fight against the idea of releasing balloons.

I will shortly list here the environmental damages balloons can cause if you didn't know them already. Environmental Nature Center in California has put well together all the negative impacts balloons can cause.

  • When you release balloons they fly to the ocean and might end up as food for marine life. If this happens, it causes unnecessary and violent death. It's also good to acknowledge plastic can end up to our plates, which means that not only animals but also humans are affected.
  • Sometimes balloons travel long distances before landing and eventually might end up as a "food" for wildlife. There have been reports especially of birds eating plastic litter thinking it's food.
  • If balloons don't end up as food for wildlife, it might end up as litter and it can take months, even years for balloons to decompose. That litter might be the end for some marine and wildlife even though they wouldn't eat it, for example, the animal might get stuck into it.

So how can we have beautiful decorations without balloons? Let's first think why balloons look so great.

  • they bring colors to the decoration
  • you can create intimate decoration entities with balloons
  • they are great "tool" for hiding unwanted parts in the venue

Now that we know the reasons why we are using balloons we can think of substitutes. Here's a couple of creative solutions to replace balloons. 

1. Paper Lanterns, Honeycombs, Pom poms and Tassels

The closest and easiest way must be paper lanterns, honeycombs, pom poms and tassels. You will find them in all colors, even printed, in different shapes and sizes. You can hang them from the ceiling so they look like they are floating in the air. Paper lanterns are also very easy to glue or tie together to make paper lantern walls or paper lantern centerpieces. Paper lanterns are a lot better choice over balloons! If you use them carefully, they can be reusable.

2. Candle Lanterns and Party Lights

Cotton banners and party lights as a very efficient product because it is reusable. Washing cotton banners has given us the chance to make them look new again and again.

Candle lanterns are as well a creative substitute for balloons and will give your event a whole new look. By putting candles or a little light inside the lantern will give a glorious sparkle to your venue. For garden-style decoration put plants or flowers inside the lanterns.

3. Hang any items

Framed pictures or polaroids, toys, vintage umbrellas or almost any other items can be hanged from the ceiling. Your imagination is the only limit! When you are using items, of course, it is most effective when those items will be used again and not thrown away after your event. So consider giving these items as a gift to your guests before they leave the party. This would be, not only a creative way to hand party favors but also a good way to avoid unnecessary trash.

4. Flowers and Plants

Flowers, leaves, and plants are most definitely growing trend. This idea has been a success for us because flowers and plants bring their own kind of livelihood and freshness to the decoration.

In the end, your imagination is the limit. You can do anything, just be brave with your ideas. Did you get any other ideas from this article? Share them with us below.

All these pictures I found from Pinterest and you can find them on my Pinterest account: Your D'light