Calls strengthen for UK balloon ban

23rd Mar 2017

Renewed calls for action have been raised today to stop the devastating impact of balloons on the natural world.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has proposed a complete ban because of the danger they pose to wildlife through entanglement and choking.

The charity have said they have seen a 53% increase in beach litter since 2015, and that confusion over the impact of balloons on the environment is contributing significantly to the issue.

Interviewed in the Independent, Emma Cunningham, MCS pollution campaigns officer, said "There is an awful lot of confusion over balloons, especially what they're made of and how they break down.

"Some people believe that because latex is natural, balloons made of it are harmless once let go. This just isn't the case. Latex may last for up to four years in the marine environment."

MCS are asking the public to show support for a ban by pledging their support here. Early signs for action are positive, with the Local Government Association (LGA) supportive of a ban.

The issue of plastics in the marine environment is a critical challenge facing conservation organisations worldwide, and ORCA are fully committed to decreasing plastics and other marine litter that is having a devastating impact on cetaceans.