Eye on the Environment: When freed balloon lands, it’s plastic…

By Michelle Velderrain
Guest writer
Sunday, January 25, 2009

Clowns — the sight brings joy to some and fear to others. One thing that comes to mind when I think of clowns is balloons. These seemingly innocent objects that can bring joy to all are actually a major contributor to pollution, along with other plastics.

When you release a balloon into the air, where does it go? The balloon might enter habitats that are downwind or downstream, affecting fish, birds, turtles or other creatures. These creatures can become entangled or ingest the litter, resulting in strangulation or starvation.

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