The Seven Most Popular Awareness Ribbon Colors And What They Mean

CA – February 27, 2016 – A ribbon is defined as a thin band material often made from cloth, plastic or even metal. In the past, it has been mostly used for ornamental or decorative purposes. However, as the years turned people found more and more use of the ever so useful ribbon. Among other uses, they became effective binding materials and have even crossed over to a much more meaningful purpose. Symbolism was soon integrated into the ribbon and vice versa.

In late 20th century, the handy ribbon became a useful symbol of awareness and right now, you are probably seeing awareness ribbons everywhere. They are in every form from stickers, to pins and even car magnets. But no matter what form these awareness ribbons have taken, their meaning stays the same. Soon, a lot of different colors were used to symbolize different causes and to raise awareness for them. Here are the seven most popular ones.

  1. This color is one of the most common colors people often see when it comes to raising awareness. Almost majority of people know that the pink ribbon is used to represent breast cancer awareness. However, what most people don’t know is that the pink ribbon is also used to symbolize the fight against childhood cancer as well as respecting birth parents among many others.
  2. The yellow ribbon is probably the first ever awareness ribbon. This color is commonly seen as a symbol showing support to the troops and also as a symbol of hope. Aside from that, the yellow ribbon symbolizes prisoners of war and missing-in-action (POWs/MIAs), suicide prevention, adoptive parents, missing children, and bone cancer among many others.
  3. This ribbon is mostly associated with childhood depression. It also represents environmental awareness, missing children, Lyme disease, kidney cancer, organ/tissue donation, cerebral palsy and liver cancer among many others.
  4. The purple ribbon symbolizes religious tolerance, pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Lupus, and animal abuse among many others.
  5. The red ribbon symbolizes the fight against HIV/AIDS, stroke, heart diseases, and substance abuse among many others.
  6. The black ribbon has always been used for mourning. However, it is also used as an alternative to POWs/MIAs and represents gang prevention and melanoma.
  7. The blue ribbons are mostly associated with child abuse awareness and prevention. It also symbolizes drunk driving awareness, colon cancer, bullying, prostate cancer, addiction recovery, domestic violence, free speech, victim’s rights, human trafficking and sexual slavery among many others.