There's a common misconception that Helium is an overused, abused resource by the party and events industry. It's time we shed some light on the truth and put these myths to rest.
Helium is a by product of LPG extraction. It's collected when natural gas is mined, so the environmental damage caused to the earth by helium extraction is negligible. Contrary to media reports, the world is in fact not running out of helium. Identified Helium reserves around the world are still plentiful.
The Helium used by the party and events industry is not reducing the supply of helium for MRI and other related medical equipment as the media continues to report. Medical grade helium is upwards of 99.999% pure. This purification process costs staggering amounts of money, but has to be done so the helium is suitable for vital medical equipment to be able to keep operating in hospitals. The helium that is deemed unfit for medical use (up to 99% pure helium) is the stuff that the party industry get access to for our balloons. This helium is suitable for some manufacturing purposes and balloons. The manufacturing industry continues to get first priority at this helium as they're able to purchase in bulk. The Party industry is at bottom of the food chain when it comes to Helium Supply. We are not the cause of the 2013 'Worldwide Helium Shortage'. Most helium is used by the Medical Industry, Space Programs and Manufacturing industries. The balloon and party industry uses approx 5-7% of the total supply of helium at any given point in time. However you won’t hear any of this information being reported in the media, because they wouldn't want to let the facts get in the way of a good story!
Having helium balloons for your events is not reducing the supply and availability of helium for use in life saving medical equipment.