Green Your Summertime Soiree

By John Voket


Now is the time many people are planning summertime get togethers, so I wanted to pass on a few ideas about hosting an environmentally friendly backyard barbecue, graduation ceremony, wedding, or when enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

While balloons are a popular celebrating tribute, do not release helium balloons into the air.  In Connecticut, for example, it is illegal for any person or any group to intentionally release 10 or more helium balloons per day.

A summer breeze can transport balloons released in inland areas all the way to Long Island Sound or any adjacent water body. Once in the water, deflated balloons – just like plastic bags and other floating plastic garbage – look like food.

When marine animals eat the floating plastic, their digestive systems become blocked. The “Balloons Blow... Don’t Let Them Go” website ( is a resource for environmentally friendly alternatives, and ways to spread the word about balloons.

Other green summer event tips include:

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