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While organizers tried to make a case that the balloons were biodegradable and that the balloon drop would be inside and easy to clean up, it was clear that the event was in trouble due to the public perception of the waste. Plus, groups like the Guinness Book of World Records are reviewing whether they should even recognize and encourage events like this that are harmful to the environment.
In the last day, Cove Manila stated that they are cancelling the balloon drop and more venues in the Philippines and around the world are doing the same.
As you celebrate the start of 2019, consider how to lower the impact of the celebration on the planet.