Silicone wristbands have been popular since the 1980’s, but reached the peak of their popularity in 2004 with Lance Armstrong’s yellow “Livestrong” band. These wristbands have also been alternatively called “baller bands,” as they’re often seen on the wrists of athletes, most notably basketball players.
However, these simple bracelets can be used for more than just athletic accessories. Silicone wristbands are also great for events, identification, fashion and cause awareness purposes. Here are some ideas for using them:
Trade shows, conferences, product launches, fan conventions – almost any kind of event nowadays have goodie bags to give to its attendees. Silicone wristbands are ideal freebies as they’re very affordable to produce and easily customizable to suit your event. From color, width, and style of text, it’s easy to make your event memorable through silicone wristbands.
Event and Security IDs
In relation to event giveaways, you can also use silicone wristbands as IDs for events. You can assign different colors to different personnel: security, organizing staff, logistics, and more. You can also issue these bracelets to the attendees upon their entry to double up on security.
For more stringent safety measures, you can have unique number sequences or bar codes printed on individual wristbands.
Awareness for a Cause
Customized merchandise such as t-shirts, pens, and yes, even silicone wristbands can help promote awareness for whatever cause you wish to support. You can have them customized based on thematic colors – say pink for breast cancer awareness – or have your organization’s name and motto printed, for example.
With the rise of social media and the increasing popularity of crowdfunding sites, small groups and organizations are now at a place where they can easily raise funds for their causes. This can work in tandem with raising awareness – you not only generate interest, you also generate money.
One way to raise money is to sell branded items like t-shirts, silicone wristbands, and baseball caps. You can even produce limited edition items that you can sell for a higher cost.
Did you know that there’s recent research for using silicone wristbands to monitor exposure to harmful substances? Silicone has the ability to absorb chemical compounds, which allows it to change color when it comes in contact with other substances. Color-changing wristbands can also track UV levels, which helps protect the wearer from excessive sun exposure.
You can also use silicone wristbands for other health purposes. For example, you can use them for the safety of Alzheimer’s diseases sufferers by printing the name and information of the patient on the wristband. In cases of health emergencies, you can also wear a bracelet that indicates that you are an organ donor or that you have allergies.
Ever had the experience of staying too long at the airport baggage carousel, waiting for your bag to come around, only to miss it the first or second time? Looping a silicone bracelet to your bag’s handle can fix this problem in a jiffy.
You can also use it as a strap for your camera or phone for a more personal touch. If you’re travelling overseas with friends or a tour service, you can use a silicone wristband as identification tags for the members of your group.
Are you currently working toward a goal? Whether it’s related to fitness, your financial status, even career-oriented, you can remind yourself of your aspirations through silicone wristbands. Print out your motto for a daily confidence boost, or indicate your next milestone in big, bold letters – “Conquer Ironman 70.3!” – to fuel your determination. Wear two or three on each arm, if you must!
These are only a few of the possibilities in using silicone wristbands, whether for personal or public purposes. Stretch your imagination and get creative – you can even be a champion for sustainability and recycle or upcycle wristbands for an all-new purpose!