#AD Wristbands are a versatile and easy choice that has a variety of applications, whether you want to give some away as a token of appreciation to your team, expanding awareness for your brand, or identifying personnel at various events. These small bracelets or straps are inexpensive and easily produced on a massive scale within a relatively short timeframe, and many people favor wearing wristbands as accessories to show their support for whatever happens to be emblazoned on it, whether it’s for a band, brand, or charity.
Below are some of the most common materials used to make wristbands so that you can make an informed decision about which one suits your purposes the best:
Wristbands made with silicone or gel are very commonly found, given the material’s popularity. One successful venture with wristbands made with silicone is the Livestrong campaign. Livestrong is an American nonprofit organization that provides support for people affected by cancer and was founded by cyclist and athlete Lance Armstrong in 1997. In 2004 during the Tour de France, he sported the iconic yellow silicone wristband during the race and it became a popular fashion accessory for a time, spotted on many celebrities’ and athletes’ wrist.
The ‘baller band’ design remains popular to this day, thanks to a number of brands producing silicone wristbands themselves and putting them on the wrists of basketball players and other sports personalities. They can be embossed, debossed, imprinted and more. Silicone remains a popular material thanks to its durability and versatility, as well as the availability of every color you can possibly think of.
Fabric is the second-most popular material wristbands can be made out of. Likewise, they come in a variety of colors and can be designed to your heart’s content. They have found a niche in being cheap and durable enough for a specific purpose: think of branded company ID lanyards. They are a great choice if you wish for something unobtrusive to identify employees at a concert or any kind of event where identification would be necessary. Fabric wristbands tend to be vulnerable to tearing and wear, and not all of them are water or moisture-resistant, so keep this in mind when canvassing. However, they have been found to be gentler on the skin than other materials.
Wristbands made with vinyl tend to be very strong and durable – it’s the same material used in sidings and flooring, as well as music records. For this reason, they are also a popular choice, especially for those who would like their wristbands to remain intact for a long time. Keep in mind, though, that vinyl can be harsh on the skin, which means that the fit on your wristbands need to account for any discomfort that may be felt by the wearer.
Popular among the rock musician set, leather wristbands are more of a fashion accessory than a functional one. They can last a long time and can even look better the longer they are worn, developing a visible patina of time that cannot be replicated, thereby making each wristband unique from the others.
Tyvek is a type of synthetic material that was discovered back in 1955 by a DuPont researcher. It has then seen many applications in various products in industries. It was eventually seen as an ideal material to make wristbands out of because of its tamper-proof durability and low cost to manufacture. This makes this type of wristband an ideal a form of identification, with Tyvek wristbands popular in places like concert events or amusement parks.
Once it’s placed on a person, it makes the wristband very difficult to remove without cutting or tampering with it. This minimizes cases of unauthorized guests or personnel from entering areas where they’re not allowed. What’s more, the material itself is light and breathable, making it comfortable to wear compared to other types of wristbands.
Keep in mind that the wristband material you choose should be appropriate for the purpose you want them to serve, as well as those who will be wearing them. Done right, they can be a wonderful way to get your brand or your company’s name out in the wild.
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