Don’t Buy Balloons this Mother’s Day

With graduation season in full force and Mother’s Day right around the corner, please don’t forget to hold on tight to those celebratory balloons…. or better yet, don’t buy them at all!

DSC_0188Since 2017, Loggerhead Marinelife Center has removed over 1,700 balloons from local Florida beaches.

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When balloons are released into the sky, they often come down and end up in our ocean. Deflated balloons resemble jellies, a common food item for sea turtles and other marine life. When sea turtles mistakenly eat balloons, they get extremely sick- often leading to death. Balloon strings have also been known to entangle marine life, leading to the amputation of flippers or strangulation.

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Our Responsible Pier Initiative partners Turtle Island Restoration Network – Gulf of Mexico posted this picture highlighting the dangers balloons and balloon string pose to sea turtles. Photo credits – JT Williams

In an effort to prevent balloons from harming marine life, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is partnering with cities and towns across Florida’s coastline to implement a balloon ban. Currently, 18 municipalities across the State of Florida have adopted this ban!  For more information, or to implement a ban in your town go to https://www.marinelife.org/conservation/shield/pollution-prevention-balloon/.

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So, instead of using balloons to proudly celebrate your graduate or hardworking mom, here are a few suggested alternatives:

  • Bubbles
  • Streamers or banners
  • Plants
  • Candles
  • Homemade artwork
  • Sparklers

Thank you for not buying balloons this Mother’s Day and graduation season!

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