RECENT Gazette articles calling for the banning of latex balloons provided a very one-sided picture.
Latex balloons are 100 per cent biodegradable. All of the main conservation groups around the world support the production of latex to help save our rainforests.
They also support the planting of millions of rubber trees, from which latex is obtained, as a valuable tool in the fight against global warming. The production of latex also provides much-needed income for many of the indigenous people around the world.
Like any product, latex balloons should be disposed of correctly, but why a local council would consider banning a globally eco-friendly biodegradable product, before a million plastic and synthetic products, is beyond me.
The most recent Clean Up Australia reports and beach clean-ups at South and Coogee beaches have not even listed balloon waste in their comprehensive reports.
I challenge your readers to go for a walk and find a significant amount of balloon rubbish.
Any move to ban latex balloons should look at the scientific evidence, rather than emotive anecdotal statements and a few dramatic photographs presented over and over again.
In regard to a “shortage of helium”, no mention was made in your article of the recent discovery, in Tanzania, of a helium field containing 54 billion cubic feet of helium.
It was quite ironical that the photograph in your article showing the balloon rubbish collected over two years was contained in a plastic container.
Was that to prevent the balloons biodegrading?
BRIAN GRAY, Booragoon.