Having begun life as a costume rental only business, Fancy That! has long been committed to the environmentally responsible principles of Reduce – Re-use – Recycle.
Now as a proud member of PEBA – the Pro Environment Balloon Alliance – we stand firm along with our professional industry colleagues, on following environmentally responsible business practices plus educating people on the facts about balloons & their proper disposal.
We use quality Qualatex brand latex balloons that are 100% natural, biodegradable rubber . The production of latex has a long & positive environmental history. The tapping of rubber trees for latex does not damage the tree & the industry is lauded as a green leader, providing carbon credits to polluters. Click here for further information on rubber plantations.
No Balloon Releases - Ever - Releasing any type of lantern or balloon product into the air is littering, plain & simple. There are so many ways to enjoy balloons that are environmentally responsible. We will not supply helium balloons for balloon releases. Ever.
"Pin It & Bin It" - an easy way to remember what to do with your latex balloons once the fun is done! As our latex balloons are 100% biodegradable, the best place for them is your compost. And it's heartening to know that most people do the right thing with their balloons - this message must be getting through! Clean Up Australia publish an annual Rubbish Report detailing what type of rubbish is collected. Rubber is consistently at 1%, & this is primarily tyres.
Foil/"Mylar" & Bubble Plastic Balloons are Re-useable - whilst latex balloons are the backbone of balloon bouquets & decor, we also use foil & plastic for specific designs & shapes. Did you know these are re-usable? You can actually release the air or helium & store them for later use. Or check out these tips from Greentalk.com for some creative ways to re-use foil balloons. It's written with an American slant (deterring deer & woodpeckers!) however can equally apply to Australian conditions.
What about Helium - doesn't extraction ruin the environment? No. Helium is a by-product of natural gas extraction & as such is not mined for itself.
Well isn't the Balloon Industry taking helium away from more important medical & manufacturing uses? Again, no. Medical grade helium is much purer than that used by the Balloon Industry & we are at the bottom of the food chain for helium supply.
So next time you hear someone saying "Balloons Blow", or "Bubbles Not Balloons" - now you know the facts. Balloons of all types - biodegradable latex, reusable foil & reusable plastic balloons - are a fun & fabulous way to celebrate. And an infinitely superior alternative to single use plastics & detergents in bubble bottles.