The great thing about ID lanyards is that you can customize them to reflect a company or school’s name. They can be made in different colors using a variety of materials. Each type of material has its pros and cons. Some are sturdier than others but don’t hold printing well, while others have better aesthetics but are less durable. Here are some of the most common materials used for lanyard straps.
• Flat Polyester – Lanyards made out of this material are the most popular. They’re easy to print on and are fairly durable. These flat straps are also quite comfortable to wear, so there’s not much to worry about when it comes to chaffing. Flat polyester lanyards are also cheaper to make than most other materials, making them the best bet for those on a tight budget. Unfortunately, there is a slight downside to this type of lanyard. There is a tendency for the printing to rub off depending on what type of printing process is used.
• Tubular Polyester – Second when it comes to popularity is the tubular polyester lanyard. The straps are made out of polyester twill fabric that has been tube-stitched to resemble tubular shoelaces. This type of material is the most economical, but it is also one of the most comfortable among all common materials used for ID lanyards. Similar to flat polyester fabric, one problem with this type of lanyard is having the print rub off when used for an extended period of time.
• Woven Polyester – When it comes to durability, woven polyester straps are considered the best. This is because the logo or message is woven into the lanyard using a process that is similar to embroidery. People who use this type of lanyard need not worry about what the lanyard would look like after long-term use. It’s also very sturdy and comfortable to wear. If there’s a catch to using this material, it is that it costs more than the other polyester variants available.
• Dye Sublimated Polyester – ID lanyards made out of this material are the most expensive of the bunch. This is because of the printing process the polyester straps go through. Instead of printing the logo or message on the surface of the lanyard, dye sublimated polyester lanyards are imprinted through and through. If aesthetics and print durability are both top priorities, this lanyard material is the best choice.
• Nylon – Those more concerned with quality may want to go with lanyard straps made out of shiny, yet sturdy nylon material. Nylon lanyards have been proven to withstand wear and tear, making them a great bet for long-term use. This type of material is best customized using silkscreen printing. They’re a bit on the expensive side, but the cost is definitely worth it.
• Shoestring/Cord – This stylish lanyard material is fairly new, but it’s already becoming a popular choice for many. Aside from their unique tubular aesthetics, cord lanyards are chosen by many because they’re very comfortable to wear. Such lanyards are not too expensive either, and that’s always a plus. The only potential problem those who are concerned with branding may have with this type of lanyard material is that unless the logo or message is printed all around the cord, it is possible that it would be hidden from view.
Choosing the right material for ID lanyards greatly depends on what is important to the people customizing their lanyards. While it is always important to consider matters regarding cost, it’s also important to consider other factors such as durability, aesthetics, and comfort. Simply put, those yet to make a decision on which material should be used for their orders definitely need to think thoroughly.