28 Sep '11, 2am

Just because a balloon is biodegradable doesn't mean it is digestible, Mr Commenter. via @hai_ren

Just because a balloon is biodegradable doesn't mean it is digestible, Mr Commenter. via @hai_ren

micha: How long does it take for latex to completely biodegrade? If an intact balloon (semi-inflated or otherwise) is swallowed by a turtle, how long does it take before it is passed out or digested? And in the meantime, are there any possible negative effects on the turtle's digestive system? I suppose that if a turtle sees a balloon in the sea, eats it, and chokes to death, it can find some comfort in knowing that it was biodegradable. 'Biodegradable' is a term that is often thrown around, as if it's completely safe and harmless. It only means that the item will eventually break down and decompose, but in the meantime, there is always the possibility of adverse impacts on the environment. After all, given enough time, crude oil is biodegradable. http://www.ukrivers.net/balloon_fact.html

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