Thursday, April 26, 2018

"The Balloon Council’s primary target? Anti-balloon environmental laws that it worries will cripple the industry"

The group, which was founded in 1990, has discovered a way to outmaneuver even federal agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which say balloons pose a threat to the environment


Though the Balloon Council does not promote balloon releases, which have resulted in an estimated 280,293 littered balloons in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016, they oppose efforts to enshrine a ban on releases into law, fearing that such legislation would frighten customers. “It’s a negative stigma on the product,” ... the Council’s executive director told The Outline. “There’s a lot of small mom-and-pops where this is their primary product.”