Unless being used in classrooms or offices, lanyards only tend to have a short shelf life and are often thrown away after the school term or event is over.
So, if you are considering lanyards for your business, but only need a short term solution, consider eco-friendly lanyards. Being made from biodegradable material, this means they won’t take hundreds of years to break down in landfill. This makes them much better for the environment.
Polyester is a popular material chosen for lanyards, as well as nylon. The big problem with these materials is that they are not biodegradable, which means they do not break down when thrown away.
Because sustainability is becoming ever more important, businesses can now opt for 100% biodegradable lanyards which are also durable and affordable.
Polyester and nylon lanyards remain popular. However, customers who have a specific need for them are their primary audience. Polyester, in particular, is a sturdy material and can result in awe-inspiring designs.
The downside of this material is that it takes around two hundred years to break down. Although this may seem reasonable if you are looking for a lanyard that’s long-lasting, it is a big waste for a one-off event.
This is precisely why the invention of eco lanyards came around. They still allow businesses to create bespoke lanyards. But due to the fact they are biodegradable, companies can worry less about their environmental impact when thrown away.
The secret to these lanyards is the fact they comprise of ‘green’ materials like biodegradable plastics and polythene. Some eco lanyards are even made from cellulose fibre taken from bamboo plants.
A common misconception about eco lanyards is that they aren’t as robust as their plastic counterparts. The truth is that they are equally as durable. The only difference is that when disposed of, the material breaks down quicker than synthetic materials.
How to Design an Environmentally Friendly Lanyard
Eco lanyards offer the same design options as standard versions. They are made the same way as traditional lanyards, except they use different materials. So woven artwork is possible on a bamboo lanyard. Sublimation is another technique used to dye a lanyard when printing is not an option, and this technique remains eco-friendly.
The only primary consideration when designing an environmentally friendly lanyard is deciding which attachment to use with it.
If your new eco-friendly lanyard is to hold an ID pass, a retractor clip might be best. There is also a whole range of other attachments available. These include things such as split key rings, lobster claws, bulldog clips and J hook attachments. Ultimately, make careful consideration to the attachment you choose so that you pick the best one for the job.
You’ll also need to consider the colour of your eco-friendly lanyard. Fortunately, eco-friendly lanyards are available in most standard colours. There is more choice available compared to your typical standard lanyard. If you cannot see a colour you have in mind, it is possible to dye your lanyard.
Other Benefits of Eco-Friendly Lanyards
By using eco-friendly lanyards at your event or organisation, you can get everyone involved in playing their part to help the planet.
Eco-friendly lanyards come in more substantial quantities of 1000 per order. They are unavailable in smaller quantities like other types of lanyard. The reason for this is that lanyards made from eco-friendly materials are more expensive in smaller amounts.
However, don’t let this put you off! It’s always useful to have sufficient stocks of lanyards for the future. Recycled lanyards will not become dull or fade when stored, as long as they are correctly packaged.
So, if you’re ordering lanyards for your school, you will still have a plentiful supply for future students, even if you’re not able to use them all in the same term.
If you’re convinced eco-friendly lanyards could be the best choice for your company, contact us to get started with your order. Once you have discussed your ideas with us, we can have your artwork ready quickly within 48 hours. You can choose to have as many edits made as possible. We will only put your lanyards into production until you’re 100% satisfied with the design.
You will receive your lanyards within fourteen to eighteen days from placing your order.