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Choosing Lanyards

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Lanyards are worn around the neck to carry id cards, keys, cell phones and other items. This makes them a very versatile ID accessory.


Choosing a lanyard is a matter of taste, budget and function. Who are you giving the lanyard to? Why are you giving it to them? How long will they be using it? Once or twice or for the next two years? Are they men or women or both? Is safety an issue? You do not want to give a lanyard to a sheet metal worker who uses a punch press. Workers around machinery need badge holders instead. Lanyards are ideal for office staff, drivers, delivery staff, executives, and students.

Pick out the lanyard styles that you like the most, check the price, and if you can afford it, you might as well go with it. Choosing a lanyard is easy after you’ve decided on how much you want to invest, and you have an idea as to who, how and where the lanyards are going to be used. If you need knowledgeable, personal help call one of our Customer Service Reps at 1-800-667-1772.

Promotional lanyards that display your name and logo serve a different function from safety lanyards worn by hospital staff. While both of them will hold an ID card equally well, the promotional lanyard is designed to display your name and logo and the hospital lanyard has a breakaway feature to protect the wearer. Of course you can combine both features into one lanyard no problem. Maybe the hospital wants to raise money.

Fashion lanyards are designed to create an impression that the giver values the recipient very much. They are available in beaded designs and leather. The good looks encourage employee compliance and regular use.

Lanyard cord comes in two basic varieties. Braided styles can be round or flat and are generally the most cost effective solution for basic needs. They are designed to be structurally sound despite their low cost and are not prone to breakage or unravelling. If you need lanyards that will be worn a couple of times a week at social events, this option is a good fit.

braided lanyards

Flat woven lanyards generally occupy the higher end of the lanyard scale and are extremely durable. This style is perfectly suited for continuous wear every day. They can well withstand a trip through the washing machine each week and the fibres are not likely to rub up into pills or fray. They also don’t get snagged on rough surfaces. These wider lanyards are designed to lay flat to more easily display pre-printed text and logos.

woven lanyards

Lanyards can be purchased in a many bright colors and styles. There are many useful lanyard attachments and gadgets. This makes the lanyard one of the most versatile employee accessories on the market. Card holders are available in the form of swivel clips and bulldog clips for round hole and slot punched cards or badge holders. These options are also available in plastic along with the popular “gripper” clip. The gripper is a plastic/silicone combination clip designed to hold 30 mil cards firmly without slipping and without scratching or damaging the surface of the card in any way. These are the premium choice for cards that cannot be subjected to slot punching. Badge reels can also be attached to lanyards for wearers who like extra convenience.

These many options are often added as detachable units, which can be easily removed from the end of the lanyard and reattached at any time. There are also features you may consider inserting along the length of the lanyard. Bolero slides make a lanyard adjustable so that it will not gape away from your body as you wear it. This makes it less likely to get looped around or caught on other items in your work environment. For added safety you can choose a break-away lanyard that automatically detaches from around your neck if it becomes entangled on an object.

Lanyards can also hold other items that need to be protected from misplacement or damage. Nickel plated rings can carry one or more keys. Pen holders let you carry a pen somewhere other than your pocket in a manner that will keep it from accidentally leaking ink on your clothes. Cell phone carrying attachments are another popular choice since they prevent you from dropping your phone and breaking it. Just about any light weight object featuring a loop or a slot can be attached to a lanyard so it is within easy reach when you need it. Many women like to carry a whistle for security purposes, for example.

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Most lanyards are made of polyester, but new, earth friendly varieties made of bamboo fibre are now making their way into the marketplace. You can also purchase lanyards made of P.E.T. (polyethylene terephthalate). This material has proven to be more easily biodegradable through hydrolysis (exposure to water) than standard polyester materials. You can brag about going green by using this one.


Purpose of Product:

Lanyards are worn around the neck to carry id cards, keys, cell phones and other items.


The most popular colors are:

  • Black
  • Royal Blue
  • Navy Blue
  • Forest Green
  • Red
  • White
  • Yellow

most popular lanyard colors


Lanyards are available in two styles:

  • Round
  • Flat


A lanyard’s width is dependent on the style of lanyard:

  • Round lanyards are available in 1/8” and ¼” models
  • Flat lanyards are available in 3/8”, 5/8”, and 3/4” versions


Lanyards are available in 5 different materials:

  • Flat Woven: The most economical lanyard material. (most economical)
  • Optiweave: Tubular flexible polyester (Used for silk screen imprinting)
  • Microweave: Ribbed polyester. Print quality and economical (Most popular)
  • Ultraweave: Smooth, satiny polyester. (Superior for imprinting)
  • Woven-In: Polyester material. (Design can be woven into fabric)


Lanyards consist of 3 parts:

  • Safety breakaways: The mechanism that allows lanyards to come apart
  • Attachments: The device used to hang cards, phones, wallets, keys etc
  • Finishing Options: The clip that connects the two sides of the lanyard in order to close the loop

For more information about Choosing your Lanyards contact our experienced sales team.

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