What Are The Types Of Lanyards?

You may be surprised but there is more than one type of lanyard and "types" of course have different meanings. One lanyard type is about the material used which we have previously covered is our "What is a Lanyard" post. Another lanyard type can refer to the joining of the lanyard as well as the purpose, which can be a safety breakaway lanyard or a fall prevention lanyard for working at height services.

But when we refer to the types of lanyards, we mean the print style, how the design is laid out on the material and how it will be displayed to others. Our common types of lanyards are Type A, Type C and Type E. Type A is a running repeat of a design which could be cut off where the material meets the attachment like the trigger clip and the safety breakaway where as Type E will have the design such as the logo, matched up in positions. There are different varieties of a Type C lanyard like online having the design only printed on one side, but more details can be found in our guide. 

Our guide for the different lanyard types is useful for if and when you want to design your own lanyard using our online designer or you can contact our sales team to find out more!


Picture displayed above is examples of Type A lanyards

What Are The Uses Of A Lanyard?

You might commonly see a lanyard on students or visitors for identification purposes or to keep small belongings close by, but a lanyard has many uses for many different sectors! Lanyards can be plain, pre-printed or personalised which can help to maintain branding or just show off your own personal style. We will go through some of the many uses of a lanyard and the sectors they could be used in where some might surprise you.

Staff, Student and Visitors

As previously mentioned, lanyards can be used by students and visitors as well as staff for identification purposes because they will be able to access buildings at all times and provide proof on who they are since their identification will be attached and always accessible with the use of a lanyard.

Conference, Event and Festivals

In a conference, event or festival environment it can be easy to lose belongings because attendees are always "on-the go" so they use lanyards to keep important belongings like keys and tools such as small light torches. Lanyards can also be issued by organisers to give attendees access to areas which can make it feel more exclusive as well as promoting the business through the use of branded lanyards to increase brand awareness.

Public Services

Public Services such as the military, police and political parties require strict security because of the different levels of access and confidential information involved within the services. Lanyards are used to help identify the individuals who enter and leave the restricted buildings and can help to establish who has a different levels of permissions.

Film and Production

In the film and production industry the use of lanyards helps the crew members quickly gain access to areas and carry useful items which could even be a pen to take notes. The convenience of having items close by in the industry is because it is fast paced and the crew need to adapt to the demands to make sure progress is on track. 

Sports and Coaching

In sports, people such as referees, use lanyards to carry whistles as well as sports coaches because they are rarely in a position where they are settled in one place so they need to carry light items and keep them close by because of their constant use.

Medals and Award Ceremonies

Medals can be a form of specialised lanyard because the award can be attached the end of the straps of material and displays the achievement. Common use of medals are are sporting events from the Olympics to school sports days, so the participants will need to be able to carry what they have achieved with ease and this is the purpose what the lanyard brings.

Volunteering and Fundraising

Volunteers and fundraisers are known to use lanyards to show identification which can help answer questions people may have like which charity organisation they are from or fundraising for. The members of staff can show that they are part of a group raising awareness for a good cause.

Elderly Care

In elderly care, both patients and their carers can use lanyards in their daily lives. Elderly patients can use lanyards to attach alarm systems to since it will be close to hand and this can be used to alert others to an emergency. The carers use lanyards as a form of identification which can help their patients to know who they are because it will remind them with seeing a face next to a name to associate these with a person.

Personal Use

Many people might not consider to have a lanyard for personal use but with the fast-paced environment we all live in today they do become very handy to keep different belongings close to hand. These belongings could be keys, small tools or attachable hand sanitiser and face masks. Personalised lanyards which can be designed on our online designer can be used to show your style and have it suit you! Whether you add an image of a loved one or pet or add a quote that inspires you, the possibilities are endless! 

We have a range of pre-printed lanyards which you can check out below by visiting a different range! Or you can design your lanyard or ID card using or easy-to-use design tool to add a personalised or branded touch to your item!

Our Pre-Designed Range   Our Healthcare Range   Our Social Distancing Range   Our Worded & Plain Range

Why Is A Lanyard Called A Lanyard?

Like most things there's a reason behind why something is known by what it is and the word lanyard comes from "lanière" which comes from the French language and translates to "strap". They were first used in the 15th century where French soldiers used a lanière to attach weapons and other belongings to themselves so they can be quickly retrieved when they were in battle.

Not only have lanyards remained in the military for it's original purpose to have an accessible and organised approach in wars, since then it has been developed into the lanyard we know of today where they are straps of material which are still used to keep belongings close by. The belongings could be something like a set of keys as well as more modern (compared to the 15th century) items like printed ID cards or other access control accessories. The lanyard has been developed from what goes around the neck to safety lanyards which are larger and heavy-duty and are used to prevent falls from high places such as buildings.

What Is A Lanyard?

You may find yourself asking what is a lanyard? A lanyard is made up of straps of material which are joined together most commonly with a safety break so it can usually go around the neck and hold something by the attachment at the end. The attachment could be an ID card, a whistle or some attachable hand sanitiser but we'll look more into the uses at a later date. 

Lanyards can be made from different materials and some examples of these are nylon, cotton, soft satin, tubular polyester and flat polyester,  but how do you know which lanyard material is the best to use for its purpose? 

Some materials although they are strong and can be good value can tend to print detailed text, images or backgrounds badly like tubular polyester and flat polyester lanyards and some materials although they are comfortable to wear because they have a smooth or glossy texture can have an impact on pollution such as nylon or isn't as water resistant as needed for it's intended purpose like cotton and soft satin, so it will be difficult to take care of to maintain it's fresh new look.

At We Print Lanyards, we used recycled PET fabric and this is strong smooth flat polyester made from plastic bottles which reduces the amount of plastic waste in the environment. Our lanyards are machine washable at 60 degrees meaning they can be reused and remain hygienic after wearing and keeps it's fresh new look. If you want to find out more about our lanyards or the impact on the environment you can find out more below:

About Our Lanyards  Eco-Friendly Lanyards


Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award 2022 Received!

It continues! We Print Lanyards received the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award for 2022! We have continued providing our customers the excellent service they deserve when they shop with us.

Since 2014, Feefo has recognised the businesses who deliver exceptional experiences, using feedback from real customers. The Trusted Service Awards are unique as they are based purely on feedback from real customers. This means they are a true reflection of commitment to outstanding customer service.

 Feefo have given Platinum Trusted Service awards to businesses who have achieved Gold standard for three consecutive years. To receive a Gold Trusted Service award, businesses must have collected at least 50 reviews with a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 4.9 between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2021.

This award means even more following another difficult year. Online interactions have soared since the start of coronavirus. People are now 40% more likely to leave feedback after a purchase. This has made it very difficult for many businesses who struggled to respond effectively. 43% of people now believe that companies have become less effective at dealing with negative feedback in the last year.

If you want to read our reviews you can see how customers have found their experience here