Wristbands: Top Myths & Facts

Wristbands are more popular than ever. They came onto the activist fashion scene with Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG campaign to raise cancer awareness. It is now considered cool to use wristbands to promote any number of causes. Wristbands come in every color of the rainbow. You can also get them in multi-color or glow-in-the-dark. Even better, they are more affordable than ever and there are plenty of companies competing for your business. You can find the right wristband in the right quantity, quality, color, and size for you. Whether you need a thousand wristbands for your company or just a few for your friends, wristbands are available to advertise your cause. Read on to learn more about the myths and facts surrounding wristbands.

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MYTH: Wristbands are all the same no matter where you buy them.

At first glance it may seem that the prices are the same across the board for wristbands, but different companies offer different levels of quality and options. What one company charges for 100 engraved wristbands in multiple colors another company might charge for 100 engraved wristbands in a single color.

FACT: Wristbands can cut off your circulation if you don’t have the right size.

There is a reason wristbands come in several different sizes. While they are stretchy, they can be too tight for your wrist and cause infection or injury. Make sure you purchase the right size or stretch the wristband before you wear it for a prolonged amount of time.

MYTH: Only charities need wristbands to advertise.

There are a million reasons to buy wristbands. Examples are for your school fundraiser, encouragement to children to achieve goals, to promote your local chess club, or to raise cancer awareness.

MYTH: All wristbands are made of rubber.

Many wristbands are made of silicone or latex, allowing for extra durability or stretchability. Some companies will charge different prices for different materials.

MYTH: Wristbands contain cancer-causing chemicals.

There has been a real push for all-natural materials in products, but unfortunately most wristbands don’t have organic materials. Wristbands are safe and do not cause cancer.

FACT: Wristbands can cause skin infections if you don’t wash underneath them.

Like anything that restricts airflow, wristbands can trap bacteria and other germs against your skin. They also cause a small amount of friction which can allow the bacteria underneath the top layer of your skin, leading to infection.

FACT: Buying in bulk will save you tons of money if you need a lot, but for just a few it’s better to buy a la carte.

If you are buying wristbands for a major organization or event, it’s best to buy in bulk. But some small personal groups might find it more affordable to buy just a handful of wristbands from a website.

MYTH: Painted wristbands can have the name worn off, but engraved ones last longer.

Wristbands can either have the name of your cause painted on in ink, or engraved. The ink can wear off over time, especially if you wear the wristband in the bath or while swimming. Engraved ones will rarely become so worn that you can’t read the cause.