Balloon releases, which is the practice of releasing a large number of balloons filled with helium into the sky, is a fairly common practice, but it’s also an environmentally destructive practice. Balloon releases happen to commemorate things like sporting events and graduations. They can also be used ceremonially to remember people who have passed away or celebrate those who have been born.

These balloon releases are sometimes connected to very emotionally charged moments, and although the imagery of the balloons rising into the sky can be inspiring and bring us hope, we have to acknowledge that they do cause issues when they eventually come floating back to Earth.

There are some great alternatives to balloon releases, but first, let’s talk about alternatives that you should avoid.

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