Sustainability Policy

At Balloonista, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and promoting sustainability. As part of this commitment, we are always exploring new ways to minimize our use of non-biodegradable materials, such as traditional foil balloons.

To address this challenge, we have sourced a range of eco-friendly and biodegradable balloons made from materials such as natural rubber latex and paper. These balloons are a great alternative to traditional foil balloons and are both biodegradable and compostable, making them a more sustainable option for our events and projects.

In addition to using eco-friendly balloons, we also minimize waste through responsible practices such as reusing and recycling as many materials as possible. Our balloon donation program, for example, gives used balloons a second life and reduces waste, while also bringing joy to those in need.

Looking towards the future, we are excited to continue our journey towards sustainability and explore new ways to minimize our impact on the environment. We are committed to making a positive impact on the world around us and hope to inspire others to join us in our commitment to sustainability.

Join us in our commitment to eco-friendly and biodegradable balloons and let’s work together towards a more sustainable future!

Biodegradable Latex Balloons

We, we believe that sustainability is important, even when it comes to the balloons we use. That’s why we use only high-quality latex balloons made from the sap of trees, specifically the Pará rubber tree (Hevea rasiliensis). These trees can produce sap for over 30 years, and the latex used in our products is harvested in a way that’s similar to how maple syrup is harvested from maple trees.

When it comes to biodegradability, our balloons are designed to break down relatively quickly. In fact, they typically take around six months (the same amount of time as an oak leaf) to biodegrade, and this process may be even faster due to environmental factors. Unlike other types of balloons that can linger in landfills for years, our latex balloons won’t be there for long.

Additionally, our latex balloons are photodegradable, which means that they break down when exposed to sunlight. This process is called oxidisation, and it’s what causes the balloon to look “foggy” or “dusty” over time.

So, when you choose our company for your balloon needs, you can feel good about choosing a product that’s not only high-quality and fun but also environmentally friendly. Our latex balloons are a great choice for those who want to celebrate without leaving a lasting impact on the planet.

balloonista green balloon hoop midsummers night themed balloon display
Air filled latex balloons with real garden foliage on a reusable metal frame - no helium

Air filled balloons

We prioritise using air to fill our balloons whenever possible. However, if helium is necessary, we use Grade 4 helium, also known as “Balloon Gas.” It’s important to note that the helium used by the party industry, like ours, doesn’t impact the future of science and medicine as only the purest form of helium, Grade 6, is used for these purposes. So, you can feel confident that our balloons won’t have any negative impact on the environment or on the future of science and medicine.

Anti-Balloon Release

At Balloonista we take great care to ensure that our balloons don’t have a negative impact on the environment. That’s why we never facilitate balloon releases, and we work hard to ensure that our balloons are always tied down securely. Additionally, if balloons are used for your event, we provide advice on ways to prevent them from escaping into the atmosphere. We believe that it’s our responsibility to promote environmentally responsible practices in the industry, and we’re committed to doing our part to protect the planet. So, when you choose our company for your balloon needs, you can feel confident that you’re making a choice that’s both fun and eco-friendly.

1% For the Planet

We’re proud members of 1% for the Planet, meaning that 1% of all our profits go directly to environmental non-profit organisations. Your purchase helps us support the crucial work of these organisations and make a positive impact on the planet.

Reusing and Recycling

Second Life Of A Balloon Movement

We value our community and are committed to making a positive impact. That’s why we work closely with local charities and donate any used or no longer needed balloons to them upon request. By doing so, we’re able to give as many balloons as possible a second life, while also doubling the number of smiles generated. We’re proud to support our local charities and make a positive impact on the community. 😊

eco friendly red green and white balloon Christmas tree at church
Re-used party balloons at Princess Royal University Hospital - Children's Ward

Reusing Props and Balloons

We’re dedicated to sustainability at our company, and that’s why we make a conscious effort to source sustainable props for our event installations. Our mission is to not only create beautiful displays but also to reduce our impact on the environment. That’s why we’re proud to say that we reuse our props as much as possible.

In the rare event that we do use non-sustainable props, such as foil balloons, we have a plan in place to ensure they’re not wasted. We can recommend excellent ways to reuse and donate them, ensuring that they don’t end up in landfill.

We serve clients in London, South East, and the Home Counties, and we’re committed to promoting eco-friendly practices in all the events we participate in. Our goal is to make our events look stunning while doing our part to protect the planet.

Plastic Party Swap Shop

Looking for a way to make your party more eco-friendly? Join our Plastic Party Swapshop Facebook group for London and South East/Home Counties! This group is a space for people to buy, sell, or give away used foil balloons and other party supplies. By joining our community, you can help reduce waste and contribute to a more sustainable future, all while enjoying cost-effective party planning. Let’s work together towards a more sustainable and enjoyable future.

Lowering Vehicle Emissions

In 2019, we took a significant step towards reducing our environmental impact by investing in Euro 6 ULEZ compliant vans. This has allowed us to keep our emissions to a minimum, especially when working in central London where air quality is a major concern. We are committed to being logistically economical and always strive to find the most sustainable options for our operations.

In addition to our efforts to reduce our own emissions, we also work with couriers who share our commitment to sustainability. We only collaborate with partners who have made a commitment to carbon-neutrality or have implemented sustainable practices in their operations. By working together towards a common goal, we can make a positive impact on the environment and contribute to a more sustainable future for all.

balloonista van

Our Sustainable Future

in 2022/2023, we have made significant strides towards achieving our environmental goals. We’re proud to report that we’re ahead of schedule on our commitment to replace our Euro ULEZ 6 vehicles with electric versions within the next three years. In fact, we’ve already replaced 75% of our fleet with eco-friendly electric vehicles, including the WHATCAR “Van of the Year” award winner, the Ford eTransit, and the Mercedes eSprinter.

At Balloonista, we understand the importance of taking action to reduce our impact on the environment. That’s why we regularly review and improve our practices to ensure we’re doing everything we can to operate sustainably. Our transition to electric vehicles is just one example of our commitment to being an environmentally responsible business.

Halfway through 2023 we have made a decision to go 100% electric therefore we are pleased to announce that we have only electric vehicles in our fleet.


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