More and more organizations are moving away from the use and release of balloons in any form, for good reason. A study by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and CSIRO found that, although hard plastic accounts for the vast majority of debris ingested by seabirds, it is far less likely to kill than soft plastics such as balloons. “Although soft plastics accounted for just 5% of the items ingested, they were responsible for more than 40% of the mortalities”.
Full article at: Australasian Science May/Jun2019
Study results at: Nature.com/Scientific Reports