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March 4, 2013
by Admin

The Use of Custom Lapel Pins and Ribbons for Supporting Causes and Charities

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.