Wristband Colour Meanings

Awareness wristbands can be used as a sign of support for certain movements, beliefs or health conditions. However, the wristband colour meanings can be somewhat ambiguous, especially when a particular colour represents so many illnesses and beliefs. This can often be confusing for those who are unaware of what they mean.

Here at ID&C Band, We’ve compiled a list of silicone coloured wristbands and what they represent, so you can recognise supporters of various causes around the world.

Rubber Bracelet Colour Meanings

Blue Wristbands

Blue wristbands are one of the most popular colours adopted by organisations on their charity and awareness bracelets. Their meanings range from diseases like colon and colorectal cancer to social issues like animal abuse and domestic violence.

Different shades of blue are also synonymous with other conditions. Examples include light blue, representing rare illnesses such as Edwards Syndrome, but also creating awareness for men’s health. Navy blue is used to represent chronic fatigue syndrome, alopecia and is also the official wristband colour of Beat Bullying UK. Finally, royal blue is used to signify support against child abuse. Although awareness wristband colours can overlap, they’re all used in a positive manner to raise money and gain recognition for various causes.

Red Wristbands

The colour red was first used on a charity ribbon for a cause in 1991, symbolising the fight against AIDS and HIV. Today, the colour remains in widespread use to create awareness for the disease.

The red wristband colour meaning is also commonly associated with heart disease and congenital heart conditions, used commonly by the UK’s British Heart Foundation.

Burgundy Wristbands

Burgundy wristbands are commonly used to represent support for disabled adults and support of long term health conditions. Specific illnesses using burgundy as their central colour include sickle-cell anemia, migraines, meningitis and Williams Syndrome.

Green Wristbands

Green wristbands are renowned for their association with environmental causes, but there are also lesser known wristband colour meanings. Organ and tissue donation support is also represented by this colour, along with bipolar and Tourette's syndrome and a breadth of other physical and mental health conditions.

Various shades of green represent specific ailments or purposes. For instance, sea green is the wristband colour for stuttering awareness, whilst lime green is synonymous with a whole host of muscular-related conditions and spinal injuries. Light green illustrates celiac disease and other common diseases like STDs. Mint green is typified to several genetic disorders, but also genetic disorder awareness in general. Other shades of importance include turquoise and teal coloured ribbons and wristbands.

White, Pearl & Clear Wristbands

White silicone bracelets commonly stand for social issues, made famous by the campaign ‘Make Poverty History’. They also represent peace and religious beliefs but are also associated with bone disease and blindness. Clear wristbands have been previously used to demonstrate the fight against invisible illnesses, and as such related conditions have adopted clear and white bracelets to promote their cause.

Black Wristbands

Black wristbands display mourning and advocate sleep disorders. They’re also used in conjunction with white wristbands to promote Black Lives Matter. Black bracelets may also represent prisoners of war, 9/11, gang prevention, skin cancer research or counter-culture movements.

Purple Wristbands

Another common colour, purple silicone bracelets signify a wealth of conditions including fibromyalgia and cystic fibrosis, but also mental ailments and social issues such as ADHD and elder abuse.

Specific shades include lavender representing epilepsy, periwinkle promoting eating disorder awareness and violet to raise money for Hodgkin's lymphoma. As a less known cause, indigo is used to advocate against organized stalking and electronic harassment awareness.

Pink Wristbands & Peach Bracelets

Pink is likely the most well-known colour on the list, famously used for breast cancer awareness by charities such as Breast Cancer UK. However, other uses include nursing mothers and breast reconstruction awareness.

Yellow Wristbands & Gold Silicone Bracelets

Yellow wristbands were first used by Lance Armstrong in order to raise more awareness and funds for the research of testicular cancer. Since, they champion other causes like bringing Americans home from war-torn countries, and other types of cancers including liver and bladder.

Gold wristbands are associated with several important illnesses including the awareness of childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma and Osteosarcoma amongst others.

Orange Wristbands

Orange bracelets advocate a wide range of conditions. Examples include malnutrition, the chemical herbicide Agent Orange, Self Injury awareness and Cultural Diversity.

Silver & Grey Wristbands

Grey wristbands are used to illustrate allergies, asthma and brain cancer awareness amongst other conditions. Silver wristbands are used to endorse awareness for brain-related conditions including schizophrenia, dyslexia, and brain disorders.

Multi Coloured Wristband Meaning

Depending on the colour, multi coloured wristbands represent a multitude of different conditions and causes. Well-known social movements include autism awareness, multiculturalism, and gay pride.