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    Default Did you know that there's a shortage of helium?

    And that it's used for more important things than birthday party balloons? Things like supercooling in MRI machines. When we run out, we're really going to regret the amount we wasted.

    It's almost DS's first birthday so this has come up recently and I'm raising awareness where I can. No, one birthday party won't make a difference but I don't want to be a part of the problem anymore.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24903034

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    Wow. I never even knew helium was a natural gas. This definitely makes me think twice. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyMumma View Post
    Wow. I never even knew helium was a natural gas. This definitely makes me think twice. Thank you.
    I thought hard about whether or not to post here because I didn't want to seem preachy but if even one person gains awareness and passes it on, my job is done.

    If helium was priced at its true value nobody could afford to use it to fill balloons. There will come a day when the price will have to skyrocket which means that things like MRIs will become a lot more expensive. The implications are massive. 😕

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    Thanks for the heads up! I never (knowingly- such as in balloons) use helium anyway, but now you have given me good reason not too.

    I always worry about what we will do when the natural resources run out. We humans aren't as smart as we think we are

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    I heard about it last year when it cost almost as much to fill a Peppa pig balloon for DD's second birthday than the actual balloon. It is something that we should be made aware of. I was told that they are trying to make something that can be used in place of helium. Not sure if that is true.

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    Default Did you know that there's a shortage of helium?

    There's also a massive shortage of tungsten (which is used in drill bits, mining equipment and specialist lighting) because the countries that control it have profited of the sale and widespread use of it for decades.

    There are some things that can be used in its place, but all are man made and will have further consequences for the environment.

    Oh and when I googled shortage of tungsten, shortage of helium came up so hopefully more people are becoming aware of it.

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    I had no idea, thanks for posting

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    Yes, I heard Dr. Karl talking about this not long after I'd used 10 helium balloons to make a Jellyfish Bloom (Octonauts theme) for DD's 4th birthday. I felt so guilty and haven't used them since.

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    Had no idea, I've never used helium balloons for the kids birthday parties

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    I didn't know this. I don't use helium for balloons at my kids bday parties and I won't in the future.


 

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