A new category of easier-to-issue, eco-friendly name badges has been introduced by Badgetec – no adhesives or plastic holders. The badges are provided as diecut sheets of cardstock or printable polyester. Once printed front and back, separated and issued, they are worn on the garment with a new type of clothing clip, the Contour Clip or with any standard lanyard. Besides the lower cost and recyclable materials, they are more stylish and substantially reduce the work to issue meeting badges and nametags.
By using diecut sheets without the need for plastic holders, the badges and tags are 100% recyclable and more eco-friendly. They are lighter-in-weight and easier-to-read. The Contour Clip attaches through the diecut slot in the badge and attaches to ones clothing like a “paperclip”. It uses two flat fingers similar to paperclips that clamp over an edge of the collar, lapel or pocket. These wide flat fingers provide increased grip while not producing creases in the fabric like traditional bulldog clips. Furthermore, because the badge is attached directly to a round post on the clip, the badge rotates to remain straight - permitting the badge to be attached in any orientation. Being the first new clothing attachment is almost 100 years, it employs a new mechanical principle and the patent (issued September 2012) compares this new attachment-means to 18th century pins and alligator clips when fabrics were less delicate.
The diecut sheet concept provides a new category of diverse personal tags, of which name badges as just one type. Badges and tags are now printed with barcodes and QR Codes, along with titles, organizations and graphics. These facilitate mobile media recording the contact information that is so essential during face-to-face events – equivalent to “business tags” in place of business cards. Without a plastic holder, badges and personal tags are very lightweight (only 3 grams), easier-to-wear near eye-level and can be round, rectangular or pattern shapes. As we all know, the “business tag” we wear reflects on us and is important during face-to-face conversations.
The standard 8.5x11” diecut sheets have slots punched at the top of each tag for attaching the clip. With the Contour Clip ‘paperclip’ attachment means, it slides on by tactile-feel alone. In addition, these standard size sheets can be printed using Microsoft Word (AVERY) templates on most office laser/inkjet printers. One then simply separates the badges from the sheet and issues them.