Rubber vs. silicone wristbands

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.


What are wristbands made of?


Reminderband® silicone wristbands are made of 100% industrial strength polished silicone. Silicone is a synthetic compound designed to be heat and allergy-resistant and durable. Making wristbands from silicone ensures that they will not break or tear easily and can be worn for months (or even years!).

Why not rubber?

Even though silicone wristbands are often referred to as “rubber bracelets,” most aren’t made of rubber. Rubber wristbands and bracelets that are made of rubber break much more easily and wear out much faster than silicone wristbands.

How high is high-quality?

Many wristband companies contract with independent Chinese factories to make the bands. Using multiple factories means that quality can vary from order to order. Reminderband works with its own production team to produce its wristbands to ensure and guarantee high-quality wristbands. Reminderband also conducts research and production tests to make sure the silicone wristbands are of the highest quality, and every order is double-checked to ensure wristbands are of the highest quality, both with silicone and customization.

Reminderband wristbands are also made thicker than wristbands produced by other companies, meaning that they break or tear less easily and are thus stronger, longer-lasting and more durable. Silicone is also tested across batches to ensure color and quality are consistent.

What about decorations and customizations?

Reminderband customizations also use high-quality silicone and are built to last long.

Debossing, for example, is the process Reminderband uses to etch phrases and logos into custom silicone wristbands. Letters and symbols aren’t just printed on the surface, but are instead molded into the silicone of the wristband for a clear, durable message.

Color-fill uses the same high-quality silicone that Reminderband wristbands do. The phrase is debossed into the band, and then the etching is filled with silicone of another color. The two silicones bond permanently, so the wristband stays clear, sharp and colorful and, unlike painted bands, will not chip, crack, fade, or peel.

Reminderband also backs the quality of its silicone wristbands with a guarantee: “All our wristbands come with a 30 day money back guarantee, if you are not satisfied with the quality of our wristband.”


Next Day Wristband Delivery

Time is money and at Reminderband we don’t take your time lightly! We pride ourselves in getting your next day wristbands to you in record time!

We are very proud to be able to offer our customers The Next-Day Band Delivery Program. We are able to get you your wristbands the next business day after you order them. Although there are certain restrictions which enable us to be able to follow through with our commitment, most customers will probably find that your order fits within the requirements.

  • The deadline for orders must be 12:00 noon Mountain time. Orders received after noon MST will be processed with the following morning’s orders.
  • No color fill or individual wrapping.
  • Orders are limited to Continental US delivery.
  • Standard FedEx Priority, Express or 2nd day shipping rates apply based on your shipping preference. Your customer service representative will quote your rates for you based on your area.

Wristband Ideas

High School Graduation Traditions

The latest trend in high school graduations is senior classes wearing silicone bracelets that highlight school colors and the graduation year. These are worn throughout high school as a reminder and motivator to look towards graduation, or these can simply be worn senior year to commemorate the last year of adolescence, before adulthood takes hold and lifelong responsibilities take affect.

The latest high school traditions include:

  • Senior Pictures are always popular. Consider putting in an order ahead of time with friends and family to ensure that orders are accurate.
  • Hosting a graduation party is a great way to commemorate a special venture into adulthood. This party can feature the graduate’s favorite food, activities and closest friends.
  • To make sure that pictures look professional and last a lifetime, graduates must wear their cap and gown properly. The cap’s top is parallel to the ground and the gown evenly disperses across both shoulders.
  • Saving extra space in graduation albums for after party comments and thought provoking memories is a great idea.
  • Graduation rings and bracelets are a great way to preserve a graduation tradition, passed down from generation to generation throughout the years.
  • Parents can decorate their graduate’s cap with a special momentous message and even a photo, to help set the cap apart and ensure its safe return after its voyage into the air.
  • Private high schools often maintain traditional religious ceremonies, conducting religious services to celebrate faith and students’ achievements.
  • If a graduate is asked to provide a graduation speech, a parent can offer to help. Speeches are an opportunity for a graduate to provide diverse viewpoints about the current class’ future.
  • If people are looking for a graduation gift, consider a gift certificate to a furniture store, as this allows graduates to set up small college-style apartments with kitchen utensils, dishware, furniture, computers and even a television.

One of the best reminders students have of high schools are the mementos that were with them throughout their “good ol’ days.” Today’s popular memories include rubber wristbands and awareness bracelets, offering a blank slate for students to promote campaigns, causes, school sporting events, clubs and fundraisers.

Awareness Bracelets

Wristbands: A Brief History

The first silicone wristbands that were introduced to America were in 2004 and were the distinct yellow “Livestrong” rubber wristbands that were a global symbol for defeating cancer and essentially, living strong. Since that time, silicone bracelets have become a favorite among kids, teens, young adults and adults worldwide. Why has this phenomenon become so popular?

  • These bracelets are made from natural silicone rubber. They are elastic, not easily broken, are not susceptible to high temperatures and have an easy wear-ability factor.
  • Awareness bracelets are unscented and virtually harmless. Silicone is known as being environmentally friendly, making it an excellent choice for people in today’s environmentally conscious world.
  • Silicone wristbands are often associated with promotional activities, organized events, music concerts and sports. In fact, as a blank canvas, promotional band wristbands can convey a number of meanings, pledges, saying and mottos.
  • Many corporate conglomerates have used silicone wristbands to advertise products. This includes McDonalds, Puma and even Nike.
  • As wristbands are fashionable but inexpensive, it makes them extremely cost-efficient to mass-produce. This is why these types of advertising mediums are such an excellent option for non-profit organizations looking for fun fundraising tools.

While silicone wristbands have developed into modernized jewelry that offers an ideal vessel for advertising, bracelets dates back to 5,000 B.C. Egyptians made bracelets from stones, bones and woods and they often served spiritual and religious interests. The traditional scarab bracelet was the most popular, representing regeneration and rebirth. In fact, Russian archaeologists found several artifacts, including a bracelet, and when carbon tested dated to 40,000 B.P.

Eventually bracelets evolved into using whatever materials and metals were convenient, including weaving string together to form bracelets, which was a common tradition in Bulgaria and Greece. In India, the number of bracelet bangles often denotes a woman’s martial status and in Latin America, the traditional Azabache Bracelets are worn to offer protection against the evil eye.

There are a number of bracelet styles, including charm bracelets, bangles, slap bracelets, beaded bracelets, link bracelets, alternative health bracelets and sports bracelets. The latter is most often associated with silicone wristbands.

Reminderband offers a wide variety of colorful customized wristbands, perfect for companies, organizations, school, non-profit organizations, cancer bracelets, daycares, fundraisers and awareness causes.