March 4, 2013
Pins and ribbons seem to be everywhere these days. The practice, begun in the 1980s, has exploded to include support of many, many organizations and causes. Lapel pins can be designed to incorporate a company or organization logo or name with the color of ribbon that supports your cause. It’s a subtle way of throwing your company’s weight behind one of our society’s pressing issues.
Lapel Pin Causes
There are dozens of standard ribbons supporting causes. Just a few of the more common pins and ribbons include:
Red Ribbon – Support for HIV/AIDS research and those living with the disease; heart disease research and awareness
Pink Ribbon – Breast cancer survivors and research
Yellow Ribbon – Support for US troops and POW/MIAs
Green Ribbon – Support of tissue and organ donation
Orange Ribbon – Fight against hunger in America
Navy Ribbon – Fight against child abuse
Purple Ribbon – Fight against domestic violence
White Ribbon – Peace
Black Ribbon – Mourning and support of POW/MIAs
Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon – Autism Research and families living with the disease.
Lapel flags are another way to show patriotism and support for the US and its troops. Flags from other nations can be used for national holiday celebrations, like France’s Bastille Day.
Advantages to Using Lapel Pins:
They are a good way to show your company’s support for a cause without a lot of fanfare. These pins are also good reminders for participants to take away from a charity or fund-raising function.
Where to Buy Custom Lapel Pins:
Pins are available from a variety of vendors–both on and off-line. Most pins and ribbons are made of resin epola and metal. Epola is a resin-based substance that is super-heated to create a bright, hard, enamel-like finish. This substance is available in most colors.
Other choices include the classic cloisonne, where the pins are hand-filled and hand-polished, then fired in a kiln, and laser-screened pins, where the design is laser-printed and then covered with a protective epoxy coating. Metals commonly used for ribbon pins and flags include gold, silver, nickel, bronze, and copper.
Many online vendors offer a “design-your-own” service, where you can pick the ribbon or flag, add the color(s) you desire, and choose the size. You’ll be able to see instantly how the finished pin will look.
Lapel pin pricing is generally based on the quantity of pins ordered, the metal and process used, and the number of colors desired. Most companies require a minimum order of from 25 to 100 pins. Most companies process orders within 24 hours and many offer free shipping. http://www.thepinpeople.com