Balloons as Litter

Balloons are a favorite party decoration, they are sold at parades, carnivals and fairs, they are given away at stores and restaurants and released into the air during celebrations, memorials and other events. The problem is that what goes up, will come down, and the result can be deadly.  It is not uncommon to see balloons and their strings wrapped around power lines, hanging from trees, floating in the water and even worse, entangling or being ingested by wildlife. Now, we’re not saying that you should never use balloons! What we would like to stress, is that they need to stay in your control and on the ground. I want to share with you what I know and give you alternatives – Eco Maniac Style!

If you live in the state of Virginia, please sign the petition to ban intentional balloon releases in Virginia here.

Informational Links about Balloon Litter
Clean Virginia Waterways
Marine Conservation Society
Balloons Blow
If you find balloon litter in the state of Virginia, please report it to
As a business committed to help monitor and reduce balloon litter through research, education, clean-ups and/or other programming, Eco Maniac Company is a partner of

Looking for sustainable alternatives to a balloon release at your next celebration? Check out Joyful Send-off for more information. Eco Maniac Company can also help you with many options for your special day!


Publications about balloon litter:

Register, K., Trapani, C., Swingle, M. 2019. Monitoring Marine Debris in Virginia’s Coastal Zone, Project Report: April 2014 through June 2018. NOAA CZM Grant NA16NOS4190171, Task 81. Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation Scientific Report 2019-03, Virginia Beach, VA, 80 pp.

Trapani, C., O’Hara, K., & Register K. (2018). Balloon Litter on Virginia’s Remote Beaches: Results of Monitoring from 2013 through 2017. Clean Virginia Waterways, Longwood University.

Witmer, V., Register, K., & McKay, L. (2017). Balloon Release Research in Virginia and Reducing Balloon Debris through Community-Based Social Marketing. Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (Virginia Department of Environmental Quality).