Latex balloons are made from 100% natural substance, they biodegrade at about the same rate as an oak leaf. Latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree, a completely natural substance that breaks down in both sunlight and water.
Rubber trees are one of the main forms of vegetation in tropical rain forests. The demand for latex from the balloon industry ensures the survival of the rubber tree, and provides economic incentive for the planting of more trees preventing deforestation. Harvesting latex can be more profitable to poor 3rd world communities than raising cattle on the deforested land.
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