Making any occasion memorable can be very important. Although popular at weddings, releasing balloons, is not uncommon at funerals either. The golden rule if you choose a balloon release, is to make sure you only use latex balloons, and do not attach any string or ribbon to the neck. Although some people choose not to release balloons because of “environmental” reasons, latex balloons by themselves, are in fact eventually 100% biodegradable being a natural product from the sap of the Haevae Brasilienis tree. Being a totally natural product, Latex will start to degrade as soon as the balloons are inflated and gets quicker as the balloons are exposed to the light. The length of the degradation process depends on the exposure to UV light, but according to some scientific research the length of this process is approximate the same as a leaf from an oak tree under similar environmental conditions.