Interesting Bits: Custom Silicon Wristbands

Custom-Silicon-WristbandsDid you know that the first ever silicon wristband was made possible by Livestock in collaboration with cyclist Lance Armstrong? These wristbands were produced to support their fight against cancer, and heighten cancer awareness among people. They sold each wristband at $1, but since the production of these accessories was not at all costly, most of the income generated was donated to charities and organizations fighting against cancer. This event marked the start of the trend of custom silicon wristbands.

Before, these wristbands were called ‘livestrong’, from the cancer campaign. It eventually evolved into several names, like wristbands, rubber bracelets and promotion bracelets.

When the hype of these accessories were at peak, companies producing these bracelets accepted original designs, but they were to manufacture them in big bulks. Now, several businesses are able to make one piece without any hassle.

Custom silicon wristbands have definitely taken pop culture by storm. It has become an essential part of the youth. Most teenagers wear it to honor their favorite music band or support their sports team. Others have it especially made in their own designs to express creativity. It has become so popular that people have generated meanings to a particular color of the wristband.

The yellow wristband’s meaning is kept intact as Lance Armstrong’s movement for the fight against cancer. In a way, it symbolizes hope and courage. Some people loyally still refer to it as ‘livestrong’ bands.

A red wristband is used to symbolize important social issues, such as fights against AIDS or campaigns against bullying. Anti Child Abuse campaigns and fights against drunk driving have recently produced red-colored wristbands as well.

The white silicon wristband is also a universal symbol. It represents peace and prosperity, good health and harmony. It is used in various peace movements and fights against poverty, corruption and discrimination. It may also symbolize purity, as it is used in campaigns for child welfare and youth movements.

The pink-colored bands are for women and their fight against breast cancer and cervical cancer. Most campaigns use the pink color base for diseases and illnesses that affect mostly women.

The dark pink variety is used to symbolize diabetes in both young and old people. It is a sign of optimism despite serious health conditions.

The light blue wristband is also for women, but is focused on the social issues concerning the female gender. It is originally the color of the Women’s Refuge group. Some issues under this are domestic violence, marital rape and gender discrimination.

The dark blue ones are made to represent the fight against illegal drugs. It supports the campaigns of Anti-Drug movements and also suggests Pro-Life virtues. Some Anti-Abortion organizations have also used this color for their activities.

Green custom silicon wristbands are usually involved in environmental issues. Nature campaigns such as the preservation of the rainforests and protecting endangered species are a few of the popular ones.

On the other hand, there is a fun side to the custom silicon wristbands. The flashing braided bracelet is a design that appeals mostly to kids and teenagers. Neon colors also attract attention from kids. ID bracelets are personalized with names or initials. Glow-in-the-dark wristbands are good for parties, bonfires, and summer camp activities. Glitter bands appeal to young girls who are in the ‘princess’ stage. Hawaiian bracelets have ethnic designs on them to acknowledge the beauty and splendor of Hawaii.

Most of these bracelets are worn as jewelry or as tokens, like friendship bracelets, peer acceptance accessories and funky anklets.

Be it for a good cause, a serious issue, or just for fun, silicon wristbands effectively serve their purpose.

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