My friend, Shelley, picking up deflated mylar balloons that drifted into the Mojave Desert from elsewhere, so they can be properly disposed of.

Balloons are an environmental issue, mylar in particular.  Mylar doesn’t biodegrade.  It isn’t metal.  It’s plastic and it poses a multitude of problems.  Balloons drift out into the desert, become tangled in plant material and can be dangerous to wildlife.  It’s best to deflate balloons, tie them in knots and dispose of them in trash receptacles so they don’t end up in the oceans or deserts or forests, posing serious problems.  Better yet, don’t buy them.

Death Valley, California