Wristbands are strips encircling the wrist which are similar to bracelets and cuffs. They are made of different materials to fit the purpose, function or budget of customers. One of the most popular materials used to make wristband is silicone. Silicone came from silicon and manufactured as industrial polymer materials. Silicon is the second most accessible and available element in the planet. This is the reason why silicone wristbands are the cheapest promotional products in the market today.
Silicone wristbands are also called gel wristbands, jelly wristbands and rubber wristbands. They are also referred to as awareness bracelets to highlight their unique purpose.
Using wristbands was a brilliant idea of one advertising company commissioned by Live strong Foundation to increase cancer awareness and assist cancer victims. Founder and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong in collaboration with Nike started the big change which gave birth to silicone wristbands popularity.
In 2007, wristbands made of silicone became big hit when they became part of events’ merchandise during concerts and sports events. Fans and supporters like to purchase souvenir items to remind them of their presence during events.
Silicone-made wristbands offer excellent advantages such as:
•High-water resistance – they can be used during outdoor events.
•Thermal stability – heat doesn’t damage them unless exposed to extreme condition
•Stylish – they are available in many colors and do not fade easily. They complement other arm accessories and can be used to match the color of outfits.
•Easy to use- they are elastic and fit all size. They can be put in bags or pockets when you want to take them off.
•Inexpensive – they are the most practical and economical items to use for souvenirs, promotional, advertising and personal purposes.
•Easy to design – they can be imprinted with any design. The silicone material allows graphics and texts to be imprinted clearly.
•Versatility – aside from being used as wristbands, they can be used as keys holder, decors, cloth napkin holder and lot of creative ways to make them useful.
Silicone wristbands have become popular ways to increase awareness campaigns to social concerns all over the world.
Here are some of the most popular colors and the advocacies they represent:
•Red wristbands – they become symbols of Anti- Child Abuse, AID’s awareness campaign, Mothers Against Drunk Drinking (MADD) and Anti-bullying campaign of BBC
•Yellow wristbands – symbol of hope, determination and courage to fight Testicular cancer. Yellow-colored wristbands became famous when they were used by cancer survivor Lance Armstrong to spread the message to fight the disease.
•Pink wristbands – used to drumbeat society’s battle against breast cancer. Women all over the world wear them to raise awareness. Some women organization and companies continue to spread pink wristbands to sustain victims of this kind of cancer.
•Dark pink wristbands – they are used to spread knowledge about Diabetes
•Green wristbands – they are connected to environmental advocacies like Rainforest preservation. They are also used by men and women who belong to Tsunami Relief Groups.
•Light-blue wristbands – they become symbols of fight to protect women against abuse and discrimination. One of the organizations that use these wristbands is Women’s Refugee group. These colored bands are also used to raise awareness on Parkinson’s disease.
•Dark-blue wristbands – the bands are used by Pro-life advocates to fight abortion. They also become symbols against drugs proliferation.
•Purple wristbands – they represent justice and used to highlight the importance of Family Law.
•White bands – express determination to fight poverty and promote peace in different nations.
Silicone wristbands continue to evolve. There are other types such as:
•Flashing Braided wristbands – they are used by young people to show their uniqueness, creativity and fashion sense. They are symbols of electronic and digital era.
•Rocker or spiked wristbands – they are especially-made to create a street-smart style.