Latex is biodegradable

Latex is biodegradable

Did you know latex - rubber balloons are biodegradable? And They are Plastic Free?

Latex Balloons

All of our latex balloons are made from high-quality natural latex which is created from the sap of rubber trees – This is an organic material which is fully biodegradable. Rubber latex balloons are made from Natural Rubber Latex (NRL), which is collected from the Hevea Brasiliensis Pará rubber trees that are grown in certain areas of the tropics and is fully sustainable.

The Facts

Latex is harvested from trees in a similar manner to maple syrup. The tree is not cut down and can produce latex for over 30 years. A latex balloon biodegrades at the same rate as an oak leaf (6 months). Due to this, they can be disposed of in landfill as they take care of themselves.

A rubber balloon begins to decompose from the moment it is manufactured and in contact with the natural elements. Exposing a balloon when inflated, to oxygen & sunlight accelerates decomposition. This is called oxidising. Oxidation begins within approximately one hour of inflation and is visible in some types of balloon as a cloudy or misty appearance.  In the same way that the wood from a tree will rot, a latex balloon is made from the sap of the tree, and will disintegrate in the same way. 

Recent biodegradability tests have confirmed that natural rubber balloons biodegrade to approximately 90% within 2 years, under test conditions.


A sustainable Source & Preventing Deforestation

Because of NRL cultivation, and consumption of latex products, the planting and maintenance of rubber tree plantations helps towards the prevention of tropical rain-forest deforestation.

The process of tapping a single tree can be sustained for a period of up to 30 years, which provides employment for many agricultural workers in some of the poorest areas of the world.

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Around the world, the cultivation of rubber latex employs 6 million people, just within the plantations, that doesn’t include those working in jobs connected to the production, trade or transformation of natural rubber.

Harvesting, or tapping, takes place 11 months per year. Work is therefore distributed throughout the year, and production is less subject to weather risk factors than other crops.

Finally, the latex obtained is easy to preserve. Rubber cultivation enables small-scale growers to spread their activity and income. On average a grower receives between 70 and 95% of the final invoiced value of natural rubber.

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