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Ashby Balloons - Fascinating Balloon Facts

We are mad about balloons and think it is amazing what can be created with them. Below are some little known facts about balloons that you may find interesting…

  • Balloons were invented in 1824, the same year as the electromagnet.
  • Helium-filled balloons float because helium is lighter than nitrogen and oxygen, the two components of air.
  • The latex balloons we use for our balloon delivery and décor work are made from 100% natural latex — not plastic.
  • Latex balloons are biodegradable, and decompose as fast as an oak leaf in your back garden!
  • Latex balloons come from rubber trees.
  • Latex is collected by cutting the tree’s bark, then catching the latex in a cup. Latex harvesting doesn’t hurt the tree!
  • Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A tree can produce latex for up to 40 years!
  • If the sound of a balloon popping startles you, you are not alone. A bursting balloon actually creates a small sonic boom!

(Facts courtesy of Qualatex Balloons)

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