What are Mylar Balloons?

Updated February 21, 2017

Mylar balloons are used in many places, from gift shops to party stores. Though they are known as Mylar balloons, they are actually made of metallised nylon. The balloons feature a metallic foil coating which is bonded to a polythene coating to form a tough and colourful party decoration.

Mylar Balloon Construction

Mylar balloons perform better than traditional rubber balloons. Rubber balloons deflate quickly, whereas Mylar balloons can hold helium for a much longer period. Mylar balloons are nonallergenic, so they are allowed in hospitals; some hospitals have banned latex balloons because of potential allergic reactions.

Mylar Balloon Usages

Mylar balloons can be used for birthday parties, baby showers, anniversaries, weddings and banquets. The balloons can be custom designed, according to the type of the function and need of the host. They have gained popularity as favourite party balloons. They are glimmering, and they can be used to decorate with some festive artwork because Mylar balloons are easier to print on and are available in various sizes and shapes than their rubber counterparts.

Mylar Balloon Benefits

Mylar balloons remain inflated for three days to a few weeks. Consequently, many party planners and retail outlets prefer them over traditional rubber balloons. Because they are made of nylon, Mylar blooms do not pop like their rubber balloon counterparts.

Recycling Mylar Balloons

Mylar balloons can be recycled, which in turn helps save the environment. The balloons can be deflated when the party is over. They can be folded neatly and stored in a storage bin and reused. Despite mylar balloons' higher cost, recycling them can save money in the long run because they can be reused. while rubber balloons must be thrown away after one use.

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Since 2003, Timothy Burns' writing has appeared in magazines, management and leadership papers. He has contributed to nationally published books and he leads the Word Weavers of West Michigan writers' group. Burns wrote "Forged in the Fire" in 2004, and has published numerous articles online. As a trained conference speaker, Burns speaks nationally on the art, science and inspiration of freelance writing.