Why Silicone Beads Are Great for Teacher Lanyards & Nurse Badge Reels
As makers of (some of) the nicest lanyards and badge reels, you might find something different about ours from the standard, boring lanyards and badge reels out there! For one, our lanyards are super fun and colorful, thanks to the beads we use. But, that's not the only benefit of the beads we utilize. Read on for more!
All of our products feature our signature beads made from silicone (except for a few made from wood.) But, before we jump into why we use silicone beads...let's unwrap what silicone rubber is.
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What is Silicone Rubber?
Silicone Rubber is a rubber-like material made from various silicon, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen mixtures. It was invented in 1943, and due to its durability, flexibility, and ease of manufacturing, it is widely used in:
- automotive applications
- cooking, baking, and food storage products
- apparel such as undergarments, sportswear, and footwear
- medical devices and implants
- home repair and hardware, in products such as silicone sealants
Silicone rubber is hypoallergenic, won't fade when exposed to UV light, doesn't crack or break easily, and is easily cleaned.
Benefits of Silicone Beads
So now that we know what silicone rubber is, why would we use it to make beads, you might ask? Great question.
Silicone beads are:
- Extremely durable: they won't crack or fade
- Available in lots of shapes and colors
- Easily cleaned (water and soap does the trick!)
- BPA Free
- FDA Approved
- Tasteless & Odorless
- Soothing to fidget with
In fact, you'll find the same silicone beads we use in various children's teething or chewing products (though, we don't recommend or endorse using any of our products for this purpose as they could present a choking hazard!)