Silicone wristbands have been a popular fashion accessory and awareness-raising tool worldwide for several years. Since their mainstream introduction in 2004, the most popular style for silicone wristbands has remained the most basic – the debossed wristband.
Debossed silicone wristbands are the most economical style available. This is the style used for the classic yellow Livestrong wristband that really started it all. The simple yellow wristband, debossed with the word Livestrong, took the world by storm almost as soon as it was released. The yellow silicone wristbands feature a simple, elegant design that makes its point in a timeless fashion.
The silicone wristbands became as much an icon as the man behind them, professional cyclist Lance Armstrong. He became a symbol of gritty determination after undergoing cancer treatment in 1996. After his successful fight with the disease, he went on to win the prestigious Tour de France bicycle race a record seven times. Armstrong and Nike released the yellow debossed silicone wristbands in 2004, with the yellow color representing the yellow jersey traditionally worn by the leader during the Tour de France.
Armstrong’s adoption of the silicone wristbands prompted his fellow cyclists to wear them as well. Soon, other athletes around the world began wearing the yellow debossed silicone wristbands too. The general public quickly picked up the trend soon afterward.
The Livestrong silicone wristbands proved to be a fundraising bonanza for Armstrong’s Livestrong foundation, which supports cancer awareness and research programs. The bands generally sell for $1 each, and have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer awareness and research programs.
Not surprisingly, many other charitable organizations saw the success of the Livestrong bands and decided to offer their own silicone wristbands in different colors. The world was quickly awash in a plethora of silicone wristbands representing many causes.
By necessity, just about every possible color of silicone wristbands represents more than one worthy cause. With a nearly unlimited number of social causes and a restricted color palette, it’s virtually impossible for a color to represent only one group or organization. Truly, the only way to be certain what specific colors of silicone wristbands mean today is to ask the people wearing them.
But rather than being a victim of their own success, debossed silicone wristbands actually turn that into a positive aspect. If you ask a person wearing one what it represents, that gives the wearer a chance to explain in more detail a cause that’s important to them.
Debossed silicone wristbands are far from the only wristbands available. Embossed wristbands, for example, raise the lettering above the surface of the wristband in a way that presents a more visible message. If you want to precisely reproduce corporate logos or trademarks, silk screened wristbands are a great choice. They print the message you want directly onto the flat surface of the silicone wristbands.
But the debossed silicone wristbands have a basic, simple elegance that’s really hard to beat. They are a classic icon of the early years of the 21st century. The message, not the messenger remains the focus of the silicone wristbands. There’s something to be said for that.