A rubber bracelet needs no introduction. Colored, flat bands sitting around the wrist are a common sighting these days. Many also choose to wear it around the forearm. It is a popular style statement and is worn by boys and girls alike. For many, they serve as mementos of important events in their lives.
Rubber bracelets are made of silicone. The material is flexible, waterproof and long-lasting. They are not only available in a range of colors but also in a wide selection of patterns and designs. There are embossed and debossed patterns, multicolor and marbled wristbands, glow in the dark, mosquito- repellant and color changing versions. A few manufacturers sell scented bands too.
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Rubber Bracelets for a Cause
Owing to its popularity among people of all ages, bracelets made of silicone have been widely used to show one’s solidarity with a specific cause and to spread awareness. In fact, silicone wristbands were first introduced by American cyclist Lance Armstrong. A survivor of testicular cancer, his aim was to connect with others suffering testicular cancer and to raise funds for the Livestrong Foundation, the organization engaged in cancer research. Yellow bands made by Nike were sold worldwide to generate funds. They were engraved with the word “LIVESTRONG”.
Since then rubber bracelets in varied colors have come to be associated with several health, social and environmental issues namely racism, child abuse, diabetes, animal cruelty, gay rights, war veterans, HIV aids and breast cancer. A light pink wrist band is worn for breast cancer awareness. Rubber bracelets were also sold to raise funds for victims of terrorist attacks and natural disasters such as the devastating Tsunami.
Personalized Rubber Bracelets
Rubber wristbands are readily available at any and every store at affordable prices. However, there is nothing to match a bracelet designed and created by you. The process is a fun activity. Not only this, it allows you to add meaning to a simple silicone band.
There are different ways to add a personal touch to your wristband. You can inscribe a name or an inspirational message. You can also get creative with the design. A plain rubber bracelet can be hand-decorated with stars, polka dots, stripes and hearts. You can use markers or pastel gel pens to do so. Silicone bands are available in different sizes and colors. They also vary in the width and thickness. Wide bands are easier to decorate.
Rubber bracelets are not only meant to support a humanitarian cause; they can be distributed on different occasions. Versions with funny messages can be handed out to your guests at a birthday party. One engraved with “Best Friends Forever” can be exchanged on Friendship day. This can also prove a great craft activity for school children. Given them a rubber band and gel pens and let them design it the way they want. On account of their low cost, business houses have also started using this accessory in their advertising and promotional campaigns.
If you want a personalized rubber bracelet, but do not have the time make one yourself, you can use the services of an online design company. Design companies create silicone wristbands in your choice of colors with the required slogan and emblem