Gold Coast mum on a mission to take the air out of a popular party item.
Carly Wilson, the creator of environmental documentary Rubber Jellyfish, said far too many Australians don’t realise the devastating impact helium balloons can have on our marine life.
The celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, with Ms Wilson revealing that the pieces fall back to earth in the shape of jellyfish – something that can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them.
The first-time filmmaker wants to see an end to the sky-high celebrations, describing industry claims that the latex balloons biodegrade as “baloney”.
“There are people in the balloon industry who are trying to stop the deliberate release of balloons but there are other balloon stores and manufacturers that still recommend people do those balloon release ceremonies,” Ms Wilson told Sunrise.
“It is important to do your research and understand that they do not biodegrade in the ocean.
“I’m eight months pregnant and I want my little girl to experience the beauty of the ocean I came to love,” Ms Wilson told Sunrise.
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