In recent months Chinese lanterns have been in the news a lot attracting some negative press. Unfortunately, as with everything, there are those who use Sky lanterns inappropriately and irresponsibly. However, these few instances make for interesting reading and as such many stories have been blown out of proportion or are even simply untrue just to cause a sensation. The fact is, authentic Chinese sky lanterns are safe, fun and will not harm the environment if used properly. So what are some of the misrepresentations you might hear about lanterns?
- Myth: Chinese lanterns are dangerous. Fact: Actually, sky lanterns are fairly safe if used correctly. They are much safer than firecrackers and are just as stunning to watch. Sky lanterns are made from non flammable materials and can be safely stored when not used. When you are ready to launch them. Simply remove them from the wrapping, follow the instructions and safety precautions and light the fuel cell. The lantern will float into the night Chinese and travel for miles until the flame is extinguished. Once this happens the sky lantern will fall to the ground and then biodegrade so no trace is left.
- Myth: Chinese lanterns are harmful to animals. Fact: Chinese lanterns with no wire are perfectly safe for animals. The problem is that once sky lanterns fall to the ground and degrade, small bits of wire remain. This wire has been eaten by livestock and wild animals causing severe injury and sometimes death. However, this is easily preventable by choosing wire free eco lanterns. The wire free eco lanterns are safe for use around animals and will not cause any harm. Added to this benefit is that they will also degrade a lot faster.
- Myth: Chinese lanterns are bad for the environment. Fact: There are eco friendly lanterns available. Many sky lanterns are environmentally friendly and 100% biodegradable. If you opt for models that also contain no wire you will have an eco friendly lantern that will degrade very quickly and leave no trace on the earth.
- Myth: Chinese lanterns are illegal. Fact: Chinese lanterns are not illegal. Care needs to be taken when using lanterns near water or around air fields where the glow from the lantern may be confused with distress signals. There are also some parks and some events where lanterns are banned. However, if this is the case it is typically posted so you are aware before attempting to use them. But, Chinese lanterns are not actually illegal. They can be used for your private occasion or even for business use when you wish.
With all the bad press surrounding sky lanterns it is no wonder there are those who avoid using them. However, many of the claims are simply unfounded. Learn the truth about Chinese lanterns: they are safe, cause no harm to animals, will not harm the environment and are perfectly legal. So next time you have a special occasion, feel free to use Eco lanterns and enjoy the beauty as the drift into the sky.