Replace balloons with bunting and banners

Colourful bunting decor at an outdoor party

No balloons are eco-friendly or biodegradable and they pose a huge risk to marine life. Latex balloons do biodegrade eventually, but in the years and years it takes them to degrade, they have a whole lot of time to do damage. There are many eco friendly alternatives to balloons when it comes to decor – many of which make a party look even better!

A recent study showed that birds who swallowed balloon fragments were 32 times more likely to die than birds that had only eaten hard plastics.



  • Reduces risk of balloon fragments and strings getting into the environment
  • Many alternative forms of decor like banners can be reused over and over again
  • You can get creative with your DIY and turn decorating into a family activity


  • Requires more time to make
  • Need storage space to keep all the decoration, or give-away after the event
  • Can be more expensive depending on what you choose

Making a difference

So far over 70 UK councils have banned balloon releases.

There are hundreds of other ways to solve plastic pollution

Photo Credit: Harry Grout