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A Materials Showdown

Some people think that “rubber bracelets”* and “silicone bracelets” are the same — but the terms are not interchangeable. Rubber and silicone are very different and while the results may look similar in the form of the wristband, the two materials yield very different results in terms of flexibility, durability, and long-term wear.

Why silicone wristbands?

Silicone is stronger and longer-lasting than rubber, meaning that silicone bracelets are stronger and last longer than rubber wristbands or rubber bracelets of comparable size and thickness. Rubber bracelets wear out quickly and break much more easily. Silicone is also recyclable at certain recycling centers. At Reminderband, we make wristbands out of 100% industrial-strength polished silicone.

*not to be confused with rubber band bracelets, which are something else entirely.

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The popularity of rubber silicone wristbands and awareness bracelets propelled to an all time high by Lance Armstrong’s vivid yellow LIVESTRONG cancer bracelets. Introduced in May 2004, these bracelets have raised more than $80 million to date for cancer research, specifically for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, which is an ardent supporter for cancer survivorship.

No matter what people think about Lance Armstrong’s decade’s worth of performance enhancing drug denials and then his not-so-shocking “coming clean” episode with Oprah in January 2013, there is one fact that should not be lost in this sea of accusations, illegal doings and illicit acts: Mr. Armstrong’s voice for charity.

Yes, some may say that Mr. Armstrong simply created a foundation to draw more attention to his self-infatuation and narcissism (no official diagnosis intended), but the reality is that he did suffer from testicular cancer, which in fact spread to his lungs and brain. After extensive therapies, he received a clean bill of health, returning to his preferred sport of cycling.

While many Americans and people from around the world consider Mr. Armstrong a hero in his own right for cancer survivorship, his claim to cycling glory and claim to fame was winning a record seven consecutive Tour de France titles. Now, these titles have been stripped from the record books by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). His cycling name and reputations are forever tarnished, synonymous with doping and destine to coexist on sites such as Wikipedia, being erased from world records and the Union Cycliste Internationale.

No one doubts that Mr. Armstrong reflects the characteristics of a convincing, if not manipulative, man that duped the world with some of the most advanced performance enhancing drugs to ever enter into the professional cycling arena. In fact, the USADA even admitted that Mr. Armstrong participated in “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that the sport has ever seen.”

However much of a narcissist and self-preserving attention phene the media claims Mr. Armstrong may be, one reality rings true: his dedication to helping preserve cancer research and offer support for cancer survivors.

While the people employed by the Livestrong Foundation likely feel let down and depressed, as though their dear leader led them dazed into the blinding lights similar to a deer being led to vehicular slaughter, they should be proud of the work the LIVESTRONG Foundation has done and focus on the number of lives they have changed, instead of simply on Mr. Armstrong’s shortcomings and antiquated selfish antics.

Whatever opinion one shares about Mr. Armstrong, it is impossible to deny that he and the LIVESTRONG Foundation team forever changed the popularity and ease of fundraising and awareness events. Without companies, such as Reminderband, mass-producing custom bracelets, including charity bands and cancer bracelets, there are a number of charities that would still be relatively unknown. In fact, without the advance of the yellow LIVESTRONG silicone wristband, the attention given to cancer support survivors may not exist. Today, popular awareness bracelets include Multiple Sclerosis, Support Our Troops, Religious awareness and even Breast Cancer Awareness groups.

Everyone is flawed and no one in the world is perfect. While Mr. Armstrong’s sport image is forever flawed, never to regain a devout following, we can honor and preserve the memory of his foundation that helped save the lives of those suffering from the deadly disease we know as cancer.

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In America, a country that owes much of its freedom to military service members, there is no better way to honor veterans and show support than by donning silicone wristbands. Military veterans come from a number of branches, including the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines and U.S. Coast Guard. The men and women who service in these military units risk their lives on a daily basis to protect the U.S. Constitution and those freedoms bestowed upon American civilians.

To help support U.S. troops, a number of silicone wristbands have been introduced, including:

  • “Freedom Isn’t Free” – This wristband makes Americans remember that military members sacrifice their lives to maintain U.S. freedoms.
  • “God Bless the U.S.A.” – Denoting a special place for God in the lives of our country, this custom band proudly displays red, white and blue.
  • “POW * MIA” – This sadly highlights the fact that a military member is being held as a Prisoner of War (POW) or is Missing In Action (MIA).
  • “Support Our Troops” – This comes in a variety of colors, although the most popular is yellow, as this is indicative of the yellow ribbon support that was commonly displayed during the 1990 to 1991 Gulf War or Operation Desert Storm.

Military silicone bands are a great way to honor and support troops. Rubber bracelets allow:

  • Citizens to show support for America’s troops.
  • Names and badge numbers can easily be printed on memory bands.
  • Military bands offer motivational benefits, reminding people about those sacrificing their lives for U.S. freedoms.
  • Military wristbands offer a silent, yet public, salute to U.S. soldiers.
  • Wristbands can help motivate a new generation of military service members and also allows children of service members to display pride in their parents’ military service.

Reminderband works with customers to help create unique, custom bracelets. These one-of-a-kind designs can highlight certain military branches, wars, times of conflict, those who scarified their lives for our country and much more. With excellent pricing and speedy delivery, these types of bands are great for community awareness events, especially those in military towns. Customers can view Reminderband’s unique photo gallery, which highlights their silicone bands’ quality, vivid colors and masterful graphic skills.

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, is wearing her heart on her sleeve.

Actually, on her wrists.

The lawmaker sports five rubber bracelets — three on one wrist and two on the other — similar to the ubiquitous yellow liveSTRONG wristbands from the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Two of Jackson Lee’s bracelets are blue and orange. They are from a group of women who started a group to protect Title IX, the law that promotes equal opportunities for girls and boys in educational and athletic activities.

Another bracelet is green and represents other groups that support Title IX. The fourth is red and symbolizes diabetes awareness. The fifth is also green and signifies support for an end to the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, which Jackson Lee has visited.

Why so many wristbands?

“It reminds me of the causes I care about,” she said.

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