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Lanyards. What Are They, and How Are They Used?

Lanyards are fabric cords which are worn around the neck, usually for holding an ID card. However, they can also be used to hold other items like mobile phones, USB pens and even drinks bottles. They can be custom made to reflect the colours and brands of a business and are available with a wide range of clips and accessories.

What are Lanyards Used For?

Education. Both students and teachers in schools use Lanyards. Commonly used to hold ID cards, they can also be used for other items such as keyrings, water bottles and backpacks. School lanyards can be customised with artwork to improve the sense of community within any school. Lanyards can also be used for sports clubs or even for student organisations.

Business. Businesses can use custom made lanyards to hand out at trade shows and conventions. However, they’re suitable for the office too. They could be a mandatory part of your business uniform or could be even used to recognise employees who consistently go above and beyond in their line of work. Many people find lanyards useful for keeping your phone handy around the office as well!

Conventions. Lanyards can be handed out to delegates attending conferences. They help you stand out against the competition and leave a lasting impression on anyone that receives one. Nylon and polyester lanyards are particularly popular for conventions as they are shiny and stand out well.

Earth Friendly. If you are an environmental charity or company, you may opt for an earth-friendly lanyard. They are biodegradable, so won’t merely sit amongst landfill for the next two hundred years. They’re also affordable, yet durable. Their secret ingredient is PET, a recyclable product found in plastic which doesn’t use natural resources to manufacture.

Photo Lanyards. These unique lanyards allow full-colour designs to be used, in incredible detail. Woven and printed versions are both ideal for designs incorporating logos and text. However, heat transfer photo lanyards are best for highly detailed artwork. Photo lanyards are created using a dye sublimation process where an image is heat transferred onto the polyester material.

Staff Lanyards. Staff lanyards are suitable for places like retail outlets where potential customers can know who to approach if they have questions. They feature the text ‘STAFF’ printed in white on them. They can feature staff ID cards or even access control cards. They come with a safety feature where if they get caught or pulled on anything, they come apart.

Visitor Lanyards. These lanyards are similar to staff lanyards, except they feature the text ‘VISITOR’ instead. They come in a range of different colours and are an affordable option. Made from 100% polyester, they measure 15mm wide and come with either a metal or plastic clip. Ideal for exhibitions, events or schools where visitors need to be identified easily.

Contractor Lanyards. If you regularly have contractors using your premises, you should invest in contractor lanyards, so all your staff can identify who they are. They clip either an ID card, visitor pass or name badge to the neck strap via a range of clips available. Contractor lanyards are available in a variety of sizes and colours.

Advertising. Lanyards aren’t just for identifying staff or keeping ID badges safe. They’re also the perfect tool for advertising. They help get your brand noticed in a cost-effective way that is much more affordable than print, TV or digital marketing. Unlike other forms of ‘wearable marketing’, they’re also ‘one size fits all’, so everyone can wear one!

Charity. Need a way to help your dedicated volunteers to stand out at your charity event? Lanyards can be printed with your charity name and logo and can be fully branded to suit your needs. No matter what you’re hoping to achieve, you can attach a range of items to these lanyards, whether it is a USB stick, hey holder or perhaps even a whistle!

Safety. One thing you may not have considered a lanyard to be suitable for is security. However, they are becoming increasingly popular for this purpose. As well as keeping items safe, they can incorporate hi-vis strips to keep the wearer visible during night time. Just some of the people that could benefit from this include school children, site staff and night workers.

Events & Exhibitions. At an event, there may be a large team of temporary staff. And so, there needs to be a way where security can quickly determine who is entering the premises. Ultimately, they can help an event go much more smoothly and can be branded as well. A full range of lanyards can be found at