Colorful wristbands lead the new British fashion

  If you want to ask what is the most popular thing in the UK right now, it is definitely wearing a wristband: white, black, pink, blue, red, green… almost all the colors you can imagine, become British A new landscape in culture.
  As for the purpose of wearing the wristband, it is just various: the pursuit of life value, the support of breast cancer and AIDS research, the anti-racism, the anti-bullying, the leisure association, the children’s hotline, various charities, various All kinds of “sports” have lost no time in launching their own wristbands. From Prime Minister Tony Blair to celebrity Beckham and his wife and children, to ordinary people, primary and secondary school students, wristbands shine on the wrists of countless people. There are more unconventional and fashionable people, and even the wristbands are used to tie the ponytails, or they are strung together, the short ones are used as mobile phone chains, and the long ones are used as waist chains.
  Colorful plastic wristbands, originally raised to raise money for charities, have become a trend. For those who wear wristbands, some are donating their Ph.D.s, some are building momentum for the cause they support, some are expressing their beliefs, some are showing their attitude and personality, and some are simply being fashionable. Wristbands have become fashionable, is it getting further and further away from the original charity significance?
  
  Live Strong
  
  Originally , the different colored wristbands were nothing more than a sign that basketball players used to identify teammates. Especially when young people play basketball on the street but have no money to print jerseys, they wear a colored tape on their wrists to distinguish between friends and enemies.
  The first person to give a wristband a charitable meaning was six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. In 1996, Armstrong, whose career was flourishing, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. People thought that his sports career would end here, and even he would collapse personally, but Armstrong not only overcame the disease, but also ushered in a brilliant career; To set a record for winning the Tour de France is indeed beyond the limits of life.
  Later, Armstrong founded a charitable foundation that bears his name. He launched a charity sale of yellow plastic wristbands. The words “Live Strong” are printed on the wristband.
  The wristbands cost a dollar and were sold over the Internet. In a short period of time, tens of thousands of wristbands were sold out, and all the money raised was used to help cancer patients. In the UK, everyone from Prince Charles to Beckham has worn yellow wristbands in public.
  
  Setting a Trend
  
  But even Armstrong himself may not have imagined that he was also starting a new trend in philanthropy. Following Astron, many charities have launched their own wristbands in a variety of colors, expanding the scope of their direct support. Depending on the wristband, the percentage of sales proceeds to charitable causes varies, and some are purely for public awareness. As for the colors and meanings, yellow: live strong, pink: breast cancer, blue: stop bullying, black and white: against racism on the football field, pink and blue: British Leisure Association.
  
  ”Make Poverty History” is a campaign launched by a number of charities. They launched their own white wristbands and named July 1st this year “Wristband Day” to advocate one hand per hand. In conjunction with the G8 summit and the Live8 singer concert in Scotland, we will promote people to contribute to poverty eradication. Among celebrities, photos of British Prime Minister Tony Blair wearing a white wristband have appeared in newspapers.
  The football world has its own black and white wristbands to fight racism on the football field, and big-name stars have also worn them. The breast cancer charity launched a wristband made of its own signature color pink, and Spice Girl Victoria wore one not only for herself, but also for her five-year-old son Brooklyn.
  In November last year, BBC One launched the blue wristbands in conjunction with the UK government’s “beat bullying campaign”. Manchester United’s Ferdinand once wore it, and Beckham himself put on the millionth blue wristband for a 13-year-old girl.
  The wind of wristbands is getting stronger and stronger, and more and more people are following the trend. The Epilepsy Society of the United Kingdom issued a pink and blue wristband; called on the British to pay attention to 400,000 epilepsy patients, and the patients themselves were self-improving; a charity nursing home near Manchester launched a green wristband, and the funds raised were used to commemorate the establishment of the nursing home. 15th anniversary of the renovation project.
  There are also wristbands, which have completely and completely ceased to belong to the category of philanthropy, but become a means of expressing personality. At present, on the Internet, you can find pink wristbands with the word “Kiss Me” printed on them; you can find wristbands of different colors that represent various constellations, and you can also buy wristbands of various colors that represent different beliefs and attitudes.
  
  Dilute the original intention
  
  Wristbands have therefore become a fashion on the street, or unconventional personality toys. More and more people are wearing wristbands, and more and more people are wearing wristbands. A small wristband looks inconspicuous, but it can combine such important life choices as life, love, health, attitude, belief, etc., and more fresh and bright colors reflect personality, embellish life, and dress up clothes. No wonder it’s become a way for people to express themselves.
  However, there are too many missions shouldered by the wristband, and the original intention of charity may have been diluted. Therefore, there will also be cases of manufacturers cheating and merchants selling fakes, and all the money earned from the love and goodwill of buyers will be put into their own pockets. Not long ago, Manchester’s business inspectorate caught four hawkers in the city centre selling fake “Live Strong” yellow wristbands and “Stop the Bully” blue wristbands, not only selling fakes, but setting prices at £2 each (normal price £1).
  Another side effect of the wristband may never have been predictable by innovator Armstrong. A school in Dorset has banned students from wearing wristbands in exams, reportedly over concerns that students would cheat by writing their answers on the wristbands. Another school requires students to wear at most one wristband, because the school believes that if some students wear too many wristbands, the wristbands are completely decorative, affecting learning and affecting others.
  
  Global effects In the
  
  wristband craze, another issue is even more striking. British media have reported that a large number of white wristbands that “make poverty history” come from some factories in China, where workers’ wages and working conditions are lower than the standards recognized by the international community. The report named two factories in Shenzhen and Foshan. In one of the factories, workers were paid as little as 1.39 yuan (9p) an hour, below the minimum wage of 2.39 yuan. Workers are forced to work unpaid overtime, no annual leave, and sometimes seven days a week.
  In China, wristbands may also become popular, because there are reports that McDonald’s has also launched wristbands in China. As long as you buy a Big Mac at McDonald’s, you can get a “fashion inspirational wristband”, and part of the proceeds will be donated to 2007 Shanghai Special Olympics. Supporting Special Olympics is, of course, a glorious and great cause. However, McDonald’s inspirational wristbands come in eight colors. Cool-loving teenagers need to eat eight Big Macs before they can catch up with this new trend. Whether this is a donation or a promotion, you can experience the taste for yourself.

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