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18,000 pieces of balloon waste were found in Great Lakes: Why it's a danger

By: Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press

Pregnancies. Births. Birthdays. Graduations. Anniversaries. Promotions. Retirements. Even deaths.

Chances are high you'll see balloons at any or all of these occasions. 

Balloons are frequently used to decorate, celebrate or commemorate almost every major life event. But there's a growing awareness that balloons released to the sky come down to Earth, somewhere, as litter, 100% of the time. And that litter, in addition to polluting the environment, can be deadly to animals that eat the balloons or get tangled in them.

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