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Different types of lanyards, badge holders and attachments

Published / by Jason Walker

Lanyards with their accompanying badge holders have now become the symbol of the name they carry. With the proliferation of new and innovative designs and a seemingly limitless source of materials, companies have now acknowledged such cords’ potential value and started putting in more effort to have theirs personalized and fit their companies’ personalities. It can be noticed that the larger the company is, the more intricate and beautiful are the designs of its lanyards. Presumably, a silent competition may be ongoing between these companies with as harmless as the lanyards as the medium.

Lanyards are the cord worn by mostly employees and students around their necks with the badge holders designed to hold the identification cards. Its popularity has grown tremendously over the past few years and yet no single factor can be attributed to its sudden recognition.

Badge holdersCompanies can choose from a wide variety of options of fabrics used in fabricating lanyards. Available are polyester (affordable and most popular among the fabric choices, text and design are silk-screen printed on the lanyard), nylon (has the smoothest finish which allows for the clearest details and most intricate designs, text and design are also silk screen printed, with beautiful and glossy design finish), tubular (tube-stitched polyester material much like the same in a shoelace, text and design are printed, can be placed inside pockets and bags), cord (more recent design offering comfort and more visibility, round lanyards, cost-effective and yet attractive), dye sub (best for full color pattern prints, color intensive, examples of which are camo and rainbow and other multi-color patterns) and woven (same material as the polyester, however the text and design are woven with thread much like embroidery on patches, professional look and feel, can withstand getting wet).

After choosing their choice of fabric, there are also a number of attachments such as the key ring, bulldog clip, swivel hook, thumb hook, oval hook, no swivel hook, plastic j hook, thumb trigger, carabiner, cell phone loop, multiple and custom. Materials used in attachments are plastic and metals. Instead of attachments, companies can opt to choose badge holders or reels. Some design examples of these are the round or square clip, plastic and metal clip, metal carabiner, plastic lanyard reels, metal round reel, large plastic clamp and the common 4×37” x 3” see-through plastic most used in schools.

Colors can be customized to represent the color which the company is associated with, while the text designs and sizes can also be varied depending on the company’s specifications. Text colors are also available if wanted. Company logos can also be incorporated on the lanyard if requested. The thickness of the lanyard can also be specified. In short, a lanyard can be fully customized to suit a company’s preference and specifications.

There are a lot of companies on the internet that manufacture lanyards, attachments and badge holders. Most offer free shipping, choice of attachment, free color matching and free artwork proofs subject to approval by the purchasing company. Prices range from more than one dollar to less than one dollar depending on the lanyard size and the quantity of orders. Of course, the greater the number of orders, the lesser the price per piece. Free quotes are also offered based on estimates.

Most of these manufacturers have experts that collaborate with the company on the design, material best suited for the requirements of the company until the desired outcome is achieved.

Before, lanyards and badge holders were viewed only for their security and identification purposes. Now, it cannot be denied that functionality and design have also become important factors to consider.

The Good and Bad with Rubber Bracelets

Published / by Janet McLaughlin

The popularity of rubber bracelets increased when the Lance Armstrong Foundation used and sold them to raise cancer awareness. They were launched by Nike and Wieden + Kennedy back in May 2004. Those bracelets were a part of the “Wear Yellow, Live Strong” campaign. “Livestrong” is what could be seen on the yellow bracelet. Sold for a dollar each, it became widely known. Soon, other organizations created their own bracelets for fund raising and awareness of varied causes.

RubberbracelatesRubber bracelets were used by several charities and organizations. They use a specific color that would represent what they are promoting. As mentioned, Livestrong bracelets have the color of a bright yellow. It became the color for promoting cancer awareness. People now associate that particular color with the foundation that distributed those bracelets, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Lots of other colors became associated with specific organizations and causes. Those colors include green for supporting kidney donation, blue and white for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, and red and blue for epilepsy among others.

To make the awareness of breast cancer spread among young women, pink bracelets were distributed. Those breast cancer bracelets encourage all women, young and aging alike, to have regular endometrial tests done on them. They are also used to give people a call to give the noble cause donations to raise funds.

On the other hand, red wristbands or bracelets are for making people aware of the HIV/AIDS disease. It does not only show support for those individuals fighting against it, but also encourages those who are not infected to be more cautious.

Aside for promoting social awareness of some diseases, there are event organizers and stores that give out the wristbands or bracelets as a kind of promotional tool. This use is for business purpose. They encourage a repeat of transaction on the customer’s part. Sometimes, the bracelets are given out to promote and make a certain new product known to the masses. This is considered a common marketing strategy.

The distribution of rubber bracelets is an effective way to get a message across. That is why several people are into wearing them. They are cheap but durable. They could last long, even up to forever. And they could be considered fashionable. In short, they could be a promotional tool and an accessory at the same time.

Although the intentions behind these rubber bracelets are good, noble and sometimes business-centered, there are situations wherein they could be used in a whole other way. They could be used to symbolize less than good meanings. They could have the purpose of sending out a bad message to others.

These bracelets could be worn, as rumored in some institutions, to indicate what a person is willing to do sexually. The colors are there to tell what acts one would like or would be able to participate in. That makes the bracelets be used as codes for something highly inappropriate.

There are also instances that the rubber bracelets are being used by groups that have ill intentions. They could be worn as a sign of trouble, to mark territories, and possibly ownership. Some people use it to symbolize a brotherhood, sisterhood, or simply a group that is out to give a bad meaning behind innocent bracelets.

Wearing something so simple and flexible should be just that—simple and flexible. Good meanings behind a rubber wristband should be able to spread without being affected by the negative intentions. It will be hard to wear a particular bracelet when one fears of the possibility that there might be a bad connotation that goes with putting it on.

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