Balloons Blow Don’t Let Them Go!


The Dorset Rubber Jellyfish campaign continues this weekend at Durlston Country Park, Swanage on Saturday April 13th (10.30 – 3 pm).

Rubber Jellyfish is a feature-length documentary film by Australian wildlife conservationist and mum-to-be Carly Wilson. In the film Carly goes on a mission to uncover the truth surrounding sea-turtles and their propensity for dining on plastic waste.

These majestic creatures which have been around since the age of dinosaurs are under threat from ocean plastic and in particular bags, wraps and balloons which mimic their prey. Most shockingly Carly discovers ‘bio-degradable’ a term often used to sell eco-friendly alternatives being abused and so-called scientific studies misleading.

Take a look at any balloon packaging and it will tell you Choking Hazard!

12 – 1 pm Film-Fiesta in the Exhibition/ Gallery Space

Origami Balloon and Sea-Turtle making workshops suitable for young & old PLUS take-part in the Hunt for Deadly-Jellies game and sign-up to our pledge ‘Don’t Let Go’!

1 pm – 2.20 pm Rubber Jellyfish film (80 min 12A)

2.30 – 3.00 pm Question & Answer discussion

Don’t Inflate to Celebrate and Ecotainment! both campaigned to bring this film to the UK for it’s European premiere and will be present at the Durlston screening. it is only the second time the film has been shown in Dorset, there will be a suggested donation of £5 to watch the film 12A recommended, under twelves to be accompanied by adult. For further info. please consult the website and @DorsetRubberJellyfish Facebook page.

*Featured Image credit Wimborne War on Waste

Origami Balloons & Sea Turtles (credit Canon Creative Park)
Sea-Turtles image credit Wimborne War on Waste

Rubber Jellyfish European Film-Premiere

Don’t Inflate to Celebrate & Ecotainment! are proud to present the European Film Premiere of Rubber Jellyfish in Wimborne on March 14th. The venue will be transformed into an underwater wonder-world at CLaRC, King Street Wimborne BH21 1EB from 6pm. Reserve your seats for this extravaganza and see you name on the BIG screen via Crowdfunder. They are raising money for a film-tour and will be announcing more Dorset dates on the night. Entry also available by donation on-the-door and via Eventbrite. There is ample free parking (after 6pm) and it’s child-friendly, featuring crafts, stalls and activities from local campaigns Wimborne War on Waste and Ideas 2 Action.

This promises to be a very green and eco-friendly plastic-free celebration of the seas


6 pm – 7 pm Film Fiesta
  • On-site Vegan Cafe serving snacks and beverages
    Crafts & Activities – Origami, Colouring-in, Rock Painting, Be a Mermaid!

7 –8.30 Rubber Jellyfish Film
  • Seats 90

  • High Definition 3.7 meter/ 12ft wide-screen

  • Professional Stereo Audio

8.45 – 9.30 Q&A Discussion


Rubber Jellyfish is a feature-length documentary film about Sea-Turtles and their propensity for eating discarded ‘novelty’ balloons. These majestic creatures which have been around since the age of the dinosaurs are under threat from ocean plastic and in particular plastic-bags, wraps and balloons which mimic their prey.

A helium balloon released into the atmosphere will travel 8 km up before exploding into a distinctive jellyfish-shape. You see balloons as bio-degradable is really just a myth created by commercial interests to increase sales and irresponsible behaviour aka ‘littering from the sky’! Take a look at any balloon packaging and it will tell you Choking Hazard.

Unlike sea-birds and other marine predators susceptible to dining on our plastic-waste the incredible evolution of the sea-turtle has created Papillae. These are downward facing throat spines meaning it cannot regurgitate anything that enters and the only way is down. Now compare a floating bag or balloon to the Jellyfish prey and voila the perfect storm for species extinction due to human greed and negligence.

Enter our protagonist Carly Wilson, Australian wildlife-conservationist turned film-maker who decided to make Rubber Jellyfish instead of publishing scientific research which may or may not be adequately communicated to the public. Just like the Plastic Ocean film that came before it Rubber Jellyfish shares narrative and content but it’s more focussed, factual and shorter. Whereas Plastic Ocean’s global outlook felt overwhelming Rubber Jellyfish is more.. for want of a better analogy, digestible.


These events form part of the Plastic-Free ‘Wave of Change’ that was created during A Plastic Ocean film-screenings in 2018. That film was shown locally in fifteen venues to over 600 people after an initial screening in Wimborne, East-Dorset (May 2017). The response from the public to Plastic Ocean was overwhelming and this was partly due to BBC Blue Planet 2 that screened in November of that year. ‘From that moment on the whole plastic-free thing went mainstream and was prevalent throughout the whole of 2018’ says Lee Hadaway of Ecotainment! ‘Obviously we would like to repeat the success of Plastic Ocean with Rubber Jellyfish but without a sponsor we are relying on public support’. It could be as simple as liking and sharing their posts on social-media or coming to a screening as either a guest or a volunteer.

Sophie From Litter Free Dorset says, ‘Balloons negatively impact our environment by littering streams, lakes, and beaches. It’s the same as intentionally throwing rubbish on the ground or into the ocean. Even balloons marketed as biodegradable or “eco-friendly” can still take years to disintegrate and are not any better for the environment than standard balloons. There are many alternatives to balloons- making pompoms, flying recycled material flags or planting a tree- Lets embrace and celebrate these alternatives!’

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Look-Out for Rubber Jellyfish in Dorset (UK Film Premiere)

Plastic-free activity across Dorset is set to receive a boost with a crowd-funded UK film premiere and tour starting in Wimborne on March 14th


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Rubber Jellyfish is a feature-length documentary that explores the effects of balloon releases on wildlife, the environment and ultimately us. We know that throwing rubbish on the ground is littering, so why is letting a balloon float away seen as something different? The truth is, if not disposed of properly, our favourite party product is just another piece of single-use plastic littering our countryside, coast and sea.

Two local organisations Don’t Inflate to Celebrate and Ecotainment! are launching a Crowdfund Campaign to help raise awareness by bringing this film to the UK for the first time (Campaign Facebook Page). Both organisations are partners in the county-wide Wave of Change responsible for showing A Plastic Ocean feature film to over 600 people last year.

“Film screenings like this are an excellent way to energise the community” says Lee Hadaway of Ecotainment! “We are showcasing local projects, rewarding volunteers and inspiring others to take-action on plastic waste”.

At 8 km high, just below the height of a commercial airliner, a ‘toy’ helium-filled balloon will explode into a rather distinctive shape that looks like a jellyfish – making it ideal prey for sea turtles and other marine predators. In the film wildlife conservationist and mum-to-be Carly Wilson sets out on a personal journey to protect the nine species of sea turtle found in Australian waters. The outcome is a film of profound global impact. “I decided to change course and instead of completing another scientific study that may or may not be adequately communicated to the public, to instead focus my efforts on a feature length documentary that could act as a powerful education and conservation tool.”. Carly discovers a range of issues, from the heartbreaking impact on sea turtles to the potentially deadly effect of helium on children.

Both organisations are eager to repeat the success of the Plastic Ocean ‘Wave Of Change’ tour which took place across the county in 2017/18. Instead of relying on ticket sales and sponsorship they are asking supporters to dig deep and help fund the screenings by making a suggested £5 donation on the door and through the purchase of rewards via Crowdfunder.

“There are plenty of alternatives to what is basically harmful littering from the sky” says Annabel Gardner of ‘Don’t Inflate to Celebrate’.

There are a great selection of limited edition gifts, for as little as £5 you will get your name or a loved-ones name projected onto the big screen. We also have signed children’s books – copies of Ellie Jackson’s Marli’s Tangled Tale, Cassus eco-friendly barbeques and engraved stainless steel 1 pint tankards

“Raise a glass for celebration instead of memory by inflation!”

Business sponsorship packages also available starting from £55. See for further info.

The more money raised, the more communities they are able to visit with the message that balloons releases really are just harmful aerial litter – no good to human or beast. If people want us to show the film in their community they can leave a message via Crowdfunder after making their donation.

We will try to accommodate everyone’s wishes and can cater for groups of up to 150. It’s imperative we raise enough money now to help-us get this wave of screenings started.” says Lee.

The ‘Wave of Change’ Rubber Jellyfish tour will run from 14th March (British Science Week) until the 8th June (World Oceans Day). Starting with the UK & European Premiere at the Community Learning and Resource Centre CLaRC, Kings Street, Wimborne on 14th March.

Organisations already pledging their support for the screenings are Wimborne War on Waste, Litter Free Dorset, Sound Kitchen & Martin Dorey the founder of 2 Minute Beach Clean. They are still actively seeking Event Partners, Venues and Sponsors to help finalise the tour and link-up the plastic-free activity in our region. The Dorset Rubber Jellyfish screenings are supported by a website with information about the film, latest news and locations see

If you are a venue, environmental campaign group or local business wanting to take part please complete the online application form here

For all other enquiries please contact Annabel Gardner directly at: or Lee Hadaway

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Promotional film poster for Rubber Jellyfish Copyright: Rubber Jellyfish/Carly Wilson

Coming Soon…

Don’t Inflate to Celebrate is teaming up with fellow #WaveofChange  partner, Ecotainment! to host screenings of the Australian full-length documentary ‘Rubber jellyfish’ around Dorset:

We all know that throwing rubbish on the ground is littering, so why is letting a balloon float away seen as something different? Rubber Jellyfish is a feature-length documentary that explores the effects of helium balloons on the environment, wildlife and human beings. Mum-to-be Carly Wilson sets out on a personal journey to meet key players on all sides in the fight to ban balloons, and exposes the confronting truth behind our favourite party product. As she travels around Australia and explores problems around the world, seeking to understand the science and various points of view, Carly discovers a range of issues, from the heartbreaking impact on sea turtles to the potentially deadly effect of helium on children. Her journey takes her from littered beaches to the capital, as she speaks to businesses and politicians to find out why the balloon problem is being ignored and if something can be done.

We will very shortly be launching a Crowd-funder so that we can hopefully raise enough funds to be able to show this important documentary about an environmental issue that seems to be lost component in amongst the plastic pollution that’s destroying our planet and killing our wildlife – aerial litter A.K.A balloon releases….


Plastic Tide

Today the Dorset Wave of Change continued at Thomas Hardye school in Dorchester. Where approximately 350 students watched the Sky News special report Plastic Tide (45min). The hour long session was introduced to students by Lee Hadaway of Ecotainment! and ended with a discussion. Here is the introduction published for the first time. Be sure to check our Media page for the full-length Plastic Tide video along with similar clips and news articles.

“if there is intelligent life on this planet its not necessarily us”

Those are the words of Bob Hunter a journalist, environmentalist and founder member of Greenpeace. That’s a strange comment from a human being whose scientific name Homo-Sapien literally means Wise Man. Bob was referring to the great Whales which were on the verge of being wiped-out by hunters in the 1970s. These magnificent beasts, the largest brains on the planet, have evolved for millennia and just like us humans have complex social structures and language.

No Planet ‘B’ environmental activist at climate change march Bournemouth, November 2015 

So what is it about us humans that means we show so little regards for our environment and other species on this ‘spaceship earth’. There is after all no ‘Planet B’ so are we hard-wired to cause environmental destruction? Since humans left the African continent millennia ago we literally hunted and gathered our nuts-off slowly wiping out species of flora, fauna, beast and bird as we went. But in the last 200 years things have been accelerating at an alarming rate.

There has been talk of a ‘tipping point’ – the point of no return. Of ‘planetary boundaries’ the limits to which eco-systems can support life are being reached and exceeded. If this is true then how do we take-action quickly and effectively in unity? How do we create this mass-movement peacefully without causing more harm or disruption to the established ways of the wise old-world. Well put simply we can all start today by refusing the single-use plastic items which have become so prevalent in the past twenty years. (Secret life of Landfill BBC)

Bottled water is BIG business. It’s so unbelievably profitable, 500 times more expensive than tap water, that billions are spent on marketing this product as pure, refreshing and crystal clear. Well guess what so is tap-water! The only difference being that you have to THINK ahead and bring your own bottle to work or college or school instead of stopping and buying a new one everyday. Some environmentalists say #waterislife in which case who has the right to bottle and sell water? When all life on earth is dependant on fresh clean water – is it even possible to ever own water??

So why has plastic become the poster-child for environmentalists like me? Well unlike other environmental issues such as genetically modified organisms, climate change and pesticides plastic is visible.Imagine slicing open your daily bread and seeing hundreds of coloured specks from GMO or ingredients that were produced using pesticides.  The brightly coloured pieces of plastic littering the street, ocean & countryside do not decay but they break-up into smaller and smaller pieces making them even harder to clear-up. One piece can literally become millions of tiny pieces of micro-plastic which then accumulate un-detectable.

So the purpose of this session is to make you pass on plastic, pack-it-in or pick-it-up!
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