Planning a party and wondering how to replace balloons with an eco-friendly option?

Here is a list of balloon alternatives to make any occasion greener with less trash.

Balloons cause many environmental problems including polluting waterways and harming wildlife.

They certainly add colour and a fun atmosphere to a party but there are much better ways to do this with a lower impact.

So whether you are going eco, zero waste or just want to party a little greener, this post will give you plenty of ideas for balloon alternatives.

FACT: Releasing any balloon is a form of littering and we should always avoid it.

FACT: Marine animals DO eat balloon litter and it is particularly troublesome when they still have the string attached. I am not going to go into all those sad stories here (you can look them up if you want to) because THIS is about what YOU can DO now and in the future.

Let's Rethink The Purpose of Balloons

Rethinking the purpose of balloons, or why we want to use them will help you find the best option. Is it to:

>Add Colour


>Play party Games

>Identify the 'Party is Here’

>Promote a brand or business

>To Remember a loved one

Whatever your reason, I bet there is another way to do it that doesn't revolve around balloons.

Remember, the world still promotes balloons as fun, essential to children's parties and celebrations. It is taking us humans a while to catch on and take better care of our planet.

In my opinion, any SINGLE-USE throwaway item needs a rethink and should be avoided as much as possible.

When we start to think of balloons as trash, we can start making a difference.

Eco-Friendly Alternatives To Balloons

There are so many options to decorating and having fun that just don't involve balloons at all.

And.....Before you think reusable helium balloons are a good choice, think again - helium is a limited resource, so I won't be encouraging their use either despite the fact many are reusable. (Tip: you can keep reusing them with ordinary air, they just wont float).

Flags and Bunting

I LOVE bunting flags. They add instant colour, are reusable, quick to hang up and put away and can be used again and again.


Banners work great for decorations at birthday's, graduations, going away parties and more. Use them for decorating walls and creating backdrops instead of balloons.

They're versatile, reusable and come in so many colours, shapes and designs.

This burlap banner below is a great example of one that can be customised and personalised for any event.

DIY Paper Chains

Paper chains bring back so many childhood memories and are simple to make at home.

You can easily match it to a colour scheme and even make them from newspaper / scrap paper too.

Paper Based Streamers

Crepe Paper streamers are another way to add bright colours to a party and the bonus is they are compostable!

Hang them up or use them for other purposes like decorating your lolly buffet.

Make Your Own Giant Pom Pom Garland

How cute is this pom pom garland!

Again, these are reusable and an effective way to decorate a party.

All the instructions are here and it looks incredibly easy. Use a yarn ball for each giant pom pom and you can start creating it in minutes.

Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns can be bright and colourful or an elegant addition to a celebration.

They can be found in all sizes and colours and of course are reusable many times.

Upcycled Clothing Pom Poms

If buying balls of yarn isn't your thing, then why not use old clothing and t-shirts to make pom poms?

These take a little longer to do, but it's a great way to repurpose old fabric and create your own reusable, free party decorations.

Start by making t-shirt yarn and follow the tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous.

Pom Poms make a fabulous balloon alternative.

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