Balloon Info

Balloon Facts

  • Pioneer National Latex balloons are made from 100% natural latex. Our latex balloons are biodegradable, and decompose as fast as an oak leaf in your backyard!
  • Latex balloons come from rubber trees. Latex is collected by cutting the tree’s bark, then catching the latex in a cup. Latex harvesting doesn’t hurt the tree!
  • Latex balloons are Earth-friendly! Rubber trees grow in equatorial regions of the world. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A tree can produce latex for an average of 35 years! The tree is then cut down and the lumber is used in making furniture.
  • Balloons were invented in 1824, the same year as the electromagnet.
  • Helium-filled balloons float because helium is lighter than nitrogen and oxygen, the two components of air.

Inflation Information

Balloon Type  Inflated Diameter  Lift Ability Gas
Avg. Flying
Time w/ Helium
* Ave. #
5" Funsational  5" (13cm) N/A N/A N/A N/A
7" Funsatonal 7" (18cm) N/A N/A N/A N/A
9" Funsational   9" (23cm) 0.16 oz. (4 g) 0.25 cu ft (.007m3) 8-10 hours 900
12" Funsational  12" (30.48cm)  0.33 oz. (6 g) 0.46 cu ft (.007m3) 12-16 hours 484
Qualatex License 12" 12" (30.48cm) 0.35 oz. (10g) 0.5 cu ft (.015m3) 18-24 hours 484

*per 242 c. ft. Helium Tank