Latex balloons are produced from the sap of the rubber tree. It is collected without harming the tree by using an environmentally safe, age-old process similar to that used for collecting the sap from maple trees for syrup. Because of rubber's versatility and demand, these tropical rain forest trees are very valuable, highly coveted - and well-protected natural resources. These precious trees play an equally valuable ecological role in the earth's fragile ecological balance by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which helps prevent global warming.

A latex balloon is made from 100 percent organic material and it's 100 percent biodegradable. Stress caused by inflation starts this decomposition cycle. Exposure to sunlight accelarates the process - oxygen and ozone continue the molecular attack even in the dark. Deterioration is clearly evident within a few hours - it begins to oxidize or "frost" - and soon the balloon will break apart. Research has shown that under similar conditions latex decomposes as quickly as an oak leaf.