Most of us have used lanyards for various purposes. However, many still do not know what they’re called. A lanyard is a rope, cord, or anything that is looped so it can be worn around the neck, shoulder or wrists. It is worn to secure an object and minimize the possibility of losing them by keeping them tied to any part of the body. They are also used to ease the use of a mechanism such a whistle while a coach or a referee is in the middle of the game. Today, it is very popularly used as an ID holder called ID lanyards, which also double as an accessory. Alternatively, they are also used to tie a flash drive, tiny mobile phones, iPod and other handy gadgets. ID lanyards are now the posh way to keep IDs and other gadgets on hand or to keep them visible at all times.
Going back at history, lanyards were not meant to be worn as accessories or as convenience mechanism. Back then, a lanyard refers to a piece of cord or wire with a hooked end that is used to fire an artillery piece, or a mechanism to delay the detonation of a bomb dropped from the air. In shipping, lanyards are used as a rigging piece to secure things when lowering them to the sea.
The word first came about in France in the 15th century and was used in the military to describe an apparatus that is used for strapping a gun, sword or whistle. It was used so that foot soldiers and navy sailors would not lose their weapons during precarious situations, or would not have difficulty in accessing them whenever they are needed. Mostly, the lanyards are tied around the shoulders. Not long after lanyards became standard military apparatus, it became a decorative thing that is found in each military man’s uniform.
That time, the ID lanyards that we have come to love today were also produced in various braided patterns and in color combinations fashionable at that time. The lanyard is strapped to the shoulders of a soldier’s uniforms and is used to denote the rank, qualification or the regiment where the soldier belongs. Some modern military uniforms even still have them, though they are for decorative and symbolic purposes only.
This item has even found use outside the armed forces. The ubiquitous ID lanyard is now invading the market place and is used for various functions.
First of all, as the name denotes, it is used as part of the company or school ID package. The standard is for the ID lanyards to bear the name or the logo of the institution, and makes the identification card incomplete when worn with a different lanyard.
Aside from securing ID cards, they are also used to hold various other items that the wearers want to keep near them both for practical and decorative purposes. The lanyards are used to hold name tags, markers, pens, sign pens, whistle, name stamps, and various gadgets.
The ID lanyards have also become one of the most sought-after marketing collaterals used in promoting products, or the image of the company. As more and more people value the lanyard for the various uses it has today, they have also become the perfect medium for promotion. These are given out during company events, promotional activities, as prizes and souvenir items.
Because it has transcended its purely military and utilitarian beginnings, the lanyards nowadays come in various creative colors and chic designs. The make and the material also improved considerably. They range from the basic polyester to the gilded and glittery lanyards.