any band or strap worn around the wrist

A wristband is a piece of clothing, plastic, metal or other material that is worn around the wrist of a person. There are different types of wristband such as those on watches and on the ends of the sleeves of a piece of clothing. Other types are the awareness bands and security bands used for music concerts and school dances.

A cloth wristband.

Types of wristbandsEdit

Watch wristbandsEdit

Bracelet on a watch

There are many different types of wristband. Watches have wristbands that are often made of metal, plastic or leather. A metal wristband on a watch is often called a bracelet. A plastic or leather wristband on a watch is often called a strap.

Sports wristbandsEdit

A sports wristband

Many people wear wristbands when they exercise or play sports to absorb sweat.

Hand Sweatbands

In 2009 a new Sweatband was invented, primarily designed for runners, called a sQoosh® band. This groundbreaking design completely changed the look of sweatbands. Worn on the hand to precisely wipe sweat from the eyes and face, these bands join moisture wicking material to stretch terry cloth. sQoosh brands revolutionized the old-fashioned sweatband market with a new favorite for runners in the 21st century. Similarly designed hand-sweatbands started appearing on the market in 2012.

Awareness wristbandsEdit

An awareness wristband

Charities and awareness organizations often make wristbands that are sold to people so that the money can help people who are sick or need other help, and to help other people learn about their charity or awareness organization. Some bands are those made for; Make Poverty History, Anti-bullying, disease awareness charities and to help people learn about religions (such as the Jesus Loves Me band).[1] These bands are often made of plastic or silicone. The making of some of these bands has been in the news as some were made in sweatshops in China and poor countries.[2] This is said to be very bad because these wristbands are made to help people and charities and by being made in these sweatshops they have hurt the people making them because these places are often not safe, and the people working in them do not get paid much money for work they do.[2]

Awareness wristbands were first started by the Lance Armstrong charity Livestrong (see Other websites) in 2003.[3]

Some of these wristbands are copied by criminals and sold to people without the money going to the organization they are trying to help.[4]

Types of awareness bandsEdit

Some awareness bands:[1]

Security wristbandsEdit

Wristbands are often used at music events like concerts and sports event to show that the person wearing them has paid to be there. Some events let people leave and return during the event. Security wristbands allow the person to come back in to the event after they have given their ticket to the staff the first time they entered.

Child safetyEdit

Sometimes safety wristbands have been used to give to both a parent and child to make sure that only the parent can take the child home from an event. Both of their wristbands have the same number on them and this stops someone else from taking the child.[5]

Identification wristbandsEdit

Patient wearing a hospital ID band

Hospitals also use wristbands on patients so that they know who they are because patients don't carry identification with them when they are in the hospital.[6][7]

Alcohol wristbandsEdit

Some local governments have thought about using wristbands given to young people to let them buy alcohol in town pubs and bars.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Do you know your awareness bracelets?". Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lesley Richardson, The Scotsman. "Charity Wristbands Made in 'Sweatshop' Factories". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  3. "A short history of the charity wristband (the life of an idea)". Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  4. Dennis Rice, The Mail on Sunday. "Exposed: The conmen making a mint from 'charity' wristbands". Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  5. Maryanne Firth, Welland Tribune. "Concert a free night out for families with special needs children". Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  6. "Color Coded: Hospitals Standardize to Minimize Human Error". Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  7. Adam Wilson, The Olympian. "Hospitals adopt standard codes". Retrieved 2009-02-20.[permanent dead link]
  8. Julia Ybarra-Young, New Richmond News. "School access road discussed by Village". Retrieved 2009-02-20.[permanent dead link]

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