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Awareness Ribbons: What is the Meaning of the Green Ribbon?

Press Release

There’s something special about running a race, organizing an event, or participating in a fundraiser associated with a cause. To invite and foster more unity at such events, it’s become a common practice to include colored ribbons for participants and volunteers to wear.

The history of awareness ribbons is believed to have started as far back as medieval times when female spectators would give jousting knights a ribbon as a token of their affection or support. Today’s modern age sees awareness ribbons in all sizes and colors being used to represent all sorts of important movements.

There are dozens of ribbon color meanings from reds to blues to pinks and more. Our focus is on the meaning behind green awareness ribbons.

Ribbon Color Meanings: Hues of Green

Green ribbons come in several hues which represent different things.

Traditional Green

The traditional green ribbon is used to represent over 40 different causes including this small sampling:

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Liver Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Genocide
  • Kidney Disease
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Natural Disasters
  • Brain Injury
  • Organ Donation
  • Glaucoma

Sea Green

The sea green awareness ribbon specifically represents support for people with speech impediments, such as:

  • Stuttering
  • Stammering
  • Lisping

Light Green

Though it’s mostly used to represent and raise awareness for sexually transmitted diseases, the light green ribbon also represents the following:

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Celiac Disease

Lime Green

Lime green ribbons are used to represent childhood mental illnesses as well as childhood depression and mood disorders. It can also be used to raise awareness for the following:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Maternal Mental Health
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Lymphoma
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Auditory Processing Disorder

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