Neck lanyards are fast becoming popular accessories of today. Individuals as well as companies, private organizations and other institutions take time and sometimes even hire professional graphic artists and designers to create the custom designs for lanyards. Designs can range from very simple texts to especially elaborate symbols and logos that represent many things about the companies and even signify a person’s style.
Aside from the design, the type and material one chooses for the lanyard is important. The material can affect the print finish of the design as well as the lanyard’s durability.
Lanyard types include polyester, nylon, cord, woven, tubular and dye sublimated.
Polyester refers to a material comprising of esters linked within fibers. Polyester is commonly used in making suits and industrial ropes because of the fabric’s tenacity and strength, making it a good material choice for neck lanyards as well. Characteristics of the material also include durability, as it is known to be very resistant to abrasion; therefore, it doesn’t wear out easily by washing and wringing. Polyester also helps retain the prints in lanyards because it can endure stretching and wrinkling.
Nylon is another good quality material that has been used widely in the fabrics industry. Most blouses, dresses, undergarments such as underwear and lingerie, and even protective apparels such as raincoats and swim wear are made of nylon. The reason for such prominent use is its exceptional strength, elasticity, damage resistance feature and its lightweight characteristic. The material is not sensitive; thus, nylon lanyards can be easily washed and tumbled dry.
Cord neck lanyards are made primarily of either nylon or polyester. Cord lanyards are very comfortable to wear because they are lighter and of course, smaller in width. This type is a popular choice especially among those who love the convenience of a lanyard’s ability to hold valuables close at hand, but doesn’t necessarily like excessive designs. Cord lanyards are classic, particularly without any imprinted design.
Similar to the cord lanyards, woven ones also use polyester material. Weaving the design, which usually are simpler than those available for other lanyard types, is just about the same as embroidery. The designs in woven lanyards are a balance of straightforward and sophisticated because it takes a lot of effort to create a simple piece.
Tubular or shoelace style lanyards are also made of polyester material, which is tube-stitched. The stitched material has a fine finish that is elastic, and is wrinkle and tear-resistant. These are the most economical of all available types of lanyards, costing as low as $1.33 a piece for a 100-piece minimum wholesale order.
Finally, dye sublimated lanyards are the most expensive ones, costing up to $3.06 a piece for a minimum order of 100 lanyards, 3 quarters of an inch wide, but are good value for money because of their extreme strength. Dye sublimation or dye diffusion process, which is widely used in the t-shirt printing industry, is a decorative technology that allows one to print almost photographic quality designs that do not easily break or wear off or fade from the neck lanyards.
All six lanyard types have special characteristics like strength, durability, elasticity, the abrasion resistance property and lightweight quality that best suit one’s preferences for lanyard style and design and that will ultimately reflect his or her style and personality. Determining the material to be used for the neck lanyards affects how long the lanyards will or how long it can be useful, whether as an accessory, an ID, badge or key holder, a strap for phones, cameras or other small devices or as a statement piece.