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Early balloons were made from animal intestines such as pigs bladders. In fact, the Aztecs created balloon sculptures using cat intestines, which were then used in their sacrificial ceremonies. Books from the 19th century such as Swiss Family Robinson and Moby Dick make references to balloons made from whale intestine.
The first rubber balloons were made by Professor Michael Faraday in 1824. These were used in experiments with hydrogen at the Royal Institution in London, England. Toy balloons were introduced by Thomas Hancock, an English rubber manufacturer in 1825. The modern latex balloon was invented by Neil Tillotson, an American researcher who worked in the rubber industry before losing his job during the Great Depression. It was during this time that Tillotson discovered a way to make latex balloons economically. He founded the Tillotson Rubber Company soon after in 1931.
Latex balloons are made from 100% natural latex, not plastic. Latex balloons are produced from the sap of the rubber tree, which originated in the tropical forests of South America and was taken to Europe from Brazil. The latex is collected in buckets, as it drips from harmless cuts in the bark. The process is much like that used to collect maple syrup.
Latex is a natural substance that breaks down both in sunlight and water and is biodegradable. Oxidation (the "frosting" that makes latex balloons look as if they are losing their color) is one of the first signs of the degradation process which begins almost immediately after a balloon is manufactured. Sunlight exposure only hastens the process.
Rubber trees, from which latex is harvested, are one of the main forms of vegetation in tropical rain forests. In recent years, these trees have become crucial to maintaining the Earth's fragile ecosystem. Even when the trees producing latex for balloon manufacturing are grown on plantations instead of naturally in rain forests, they help ecosystem.
The balloon industry requires the latex from up to 16 million rubber trees! It is estimated that trees such as these absorb over 363 million kilograms of CO2 gases annually form the earth's atmosphere.