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Ribbon Colours

Campaign colours explained

Ribbons

Once upon a time, red signified danger, purple was reserved for royalty, and that was about all there was to colour coding. Now, it's used to such an extent that we must assign multiple interpretations to each colour.

In the past, coloured armbands were a way to show respect for the departed, allegiance to a political ideal, sympathy, solidarity or to create a sense of belonging to a social movement or worthy cause.

Coloured ribbons were used mainly as decoration for military medals. Recent years have seen the proliferation of coloured lapel ribbons, which have become a modern replacement of the armbands, advertising various awareness campaigns, causes and organisations.

Sometimes the ribbon is worn with another symbol. For example, Christians might wear a ribbon in conjuction with a lapel pin cross to Christianize their message (see AIDS cross.)

Wear a ribbon and you fly the flag of your favourite cause. But don't expect everyone to instantly recognise which cause you are supporting. Dozens of colours and over 550 causes are listed on this page, which is not exhaustive.

Titles frequently include "awareness" and "support", "campaign", etc. For clarity, these words have generally been omitted from the list.

(If your campaign ribbon is missing from this list, email us with details.)

Ribbon Colours

Click on a colour name to see the campaigns related to that colour, or sort by campaign.

 silver
 gray
 black
 burgundy
 brown
 red
 cranberry
 copper
 orange
 gold
 yellow
 pale yellow
 peach
 cream
 lavender
 white
 pearl. 
 pink
 violet
 orchid
 hot pink
 purple
 blue
 indigo
 teal
 lime green
 turquoise
 periwinkle
 light blue
 light green
 mint green
 green
 jade. 
 olive green
  orchid & orange
  pearl & white. 
  pink & blue
  purple & blue
  pink & teal
  pink & green
  purple & teal
  purple & green
  purple & yellow
  teal & white
  aqua & lime green
  gold & red
  gold & silver
  red & white
  red & yellow
  red & blue
  blue & white
  blue & yellow
  blue & silver
  blue & gray
  black & white
  black & red
  black & pink
  black & gold
  black & blue
   red, white, blue
   white, red, white
   ivory, burgundy, ivory
   blue, red, black
   black, white, black
      mixed
      pinstripe (or zebra)
      rainbow
 yellow polka

Cause, campaign or organisation for each colour

ColourCause or AwarenessAlternative Colour
silver
Brain Disabilities 
Brain Disorders 
Campaign for the Brain 
Children with Physical or Learning Disabilities 
Disabled Children 
Dyslexia 
Elderly Abuse 
Encephalitis 
Gynaecological Cancerlavender, teal
Niemann-Pick 
Ovarian cancerteal
Parkinson's Disease 
Schizophrenia 
Sciatic Pain 
Stalkingindigo, white
Strokesred
VACTERL 
Young Onset Parkinson's 
gray
Allergies 
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency 
Aphasia 
Asthma 
Borderline Personality Disorder 
Brain Cancer / Tumor 
Diabeteswhite
Mental Illnessgreen
black
9/11purple, red/white/blue
Accidentsburgundy
Amish Support 
Anti-Gang 
Anti-Terrorism 
Black Lung 
Cirrhosis 
Death 
Gang Prevention 
Gun Control 
Melanomaorange
Mourning 
Narcolepsy 
POW / MIAyellow. 
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis 
Sleep Apnea 
Sleep Disorders 
Students for Gun Control 
Transgender Hate Victims 
Trauma 
burgundy
Accidentsblack
Adhesions 
Adults with Disabilities 
Amyloidosis 
Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome 
AV Malformation 
Brain Aneurysm 
Cesarean Section 
Cystic Hygroma 
Disabled Adults 
Factor V Leiden 
Headaches 
Hemangioma & Vascular Malformation 
Hereditary Hemochromatosis 
Hospice Care 
Hughes Syndrome 
Lymphatic Malformation 
Meningococcal Meningitis 
Meningitis 
Migrainepurple
Multiple Myeloma 
PHACES 
Post-Polio Syndrome 
Sickle Cell Anemia 
Sturge-Weber Syndrome 
Thrombophilia & other coagulation or blood factor disorders 
William's Syndrome 
brown
Anti-Tobacco 
Colon Cancerblue
Colorectal Cancerblue
Familial Polyposisblue
Tobacco Awareness 
red
AIDS.  
Cardiovascular Disease 
Congenital Heart Defectsred & blue
Congenital Heart Diseasered & blue
Congestive Heart Failure 
Diamond-Blackfan Anemia 
Driving Under the Influence 
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) 
Epidermolysis Bullosa 
Evans Syndrome 
Factor XI Deficiency 
Heart Disease 
Hemophilia 
Hepatitis Cred & yellow
High Blood Pressure 
HIV 
HIV / HCV Co-Infectionred & yellow
Huffing 
Hypertension 
Inhalant Abuse 
Long Q-T Syndrome 
Love 
Lymphomalime green
Marfan Syndrome 
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 
Project Red Flag 
Pro-lifepink & blue
Sniffing Abuse 
Strokesilver
Substance Abuseteal
Supraventricular Tachycardia 
TB (Tuberculosis) 
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura 
Tuberculosis (TB) 
Vasculitis 
Von Willebrand's Disease 
Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome  
cranberry
Fibromyalgiapurple, yellow polka
TMJ 
copper
Menkes Disease 
orange
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)purple
Agent Orange - Justice for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims 
Cancerlavender
Cultural Diversity 
Feral Cats 
Hunger 
Kidney Cancergreen
Leukemiagreen
Lupuspurple
Malnutrition 
Melanomablack
Motorcycle Safety 
Multiple Sclerosispearl
Muscular Dystrophylime green
Racial Tolerance 
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome 
Self Injury 
Support of Jewish Settlements in Gaza Strip & North Samaria 
gold
Childhood Cancer 
COPD 
Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma Neuroblastoma 
yellow
Adenosaracoma 
Adoptive Parents 
Amber Alert (Missing Children) 
Bladder Cancer 
Bone Cancerwhite
Boycott Aruba 
Canadian Cancer Society 
Carbon Monoxide Poisoningwhite
Complementary/Alternative Medicine 
Craniofacial Acceptance 
Endometriosis 
Equality 
Ewings Sarcoma 
Gulf War 
Hope 
Hydrocephaly 
Liver Cancerjade. 
Liver Disease 
Military Support 
Missing Children (Amber Alert)green
Myxoid Liposarcoma 
Obesity 
Osteosarcoma 
POW / MIA. black
Remembrance 
Sarcoma 
Scottish National Party (SNP) 
Soldier Support 
Suicide 
Support Our Troops 
Troop Support 
pale yellow
Spina bifida 
peach
Endometrial Cancer 
Uterine Cancerteal
cream
Osteoporosiswhite
Paralysis 
Spinal Cord Injury 
Spinal Disorders 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy 
lavender
Cancerpurple
Craniosynostosisgreen
Caregiver 
Epilepsypurple
Foster Care 
Gynecological Cancersilver, teal
Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis 
Infantile Spasms 
Rett Syndrome 
white
Adoption 
Alzheimer's Diseasepurple
Anti-Child Pornography 
Anti-Pornography 
Anti-stalkingindigo, silver
Anti-War 
Blindness 
Bone Canceryellow
Bone Disease 
Carbon monoxide poisoning (CO poisoning)yellow
Child Exploitation 
Child Sexual Abuse/Assault 
Community Support 
Congenital Cataracts 
Congenital Diaphragmatic Herniateal
Diabetesgray
Elderly Affairs 
End Violence Against Women 
Gay-Teen Suicide 
Hernia 
Holocaust Remembrance 
Hope & Support 
Innocence 
Molestation Survivor 
Multiple Hereditary Exostoses 
Online Sexual Predator 
Opposition to the War 
Osteoporosiscream
Peace 
Postpartum Depression 
Retinoblastoma 
Right to Life 
Safe Motherhood 
Salvation Army 
Scoliosis 
Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Disease (SCID) 
Sexual Assault of Students 
Stalkingindigo, silver
Student Sexual Assault 
Teen Pregnancy Prevention 
Victims of Terrorism 
Woman's Christian Temperance Union 
Working to End Violence Against Women 
peral. 
Emphysema 
Lung Cancer 
Lung Disease 
Mesothelioma 
Multiple Sclerosisorange
Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia 
pink
Birth Parents 
Breast Cancer 
Cleft Palatehot pink
Nursing Mothers 
violet
Hodgkin's Disease 
orchid
Testicular Cancerpurple
hot pink
Cleft Palate / Cleft Lippink
Inflammatory Breast Cancerpink&blue
purple
9/11 Victimsred, white, blue
ADD 
Alzheimer's Diseasewhite
Animal Abuse / Cruelty / Welfare 
Anti-Violence 
Arnold Chiari Malformation 
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)orange
Cancer Survivorblue
Childhood Hemiplegia and Stroke 
Child Neglect 
Children Unattended in Cars 
Colitisblue
Crohn's Diseaseblue
Cystic Fibrosis 
Domestic Violenceblue, purple&teal
Drug Overdose 
Eating Disorders Recovery 
Epilepsylavender
Fibromyalgiacranberry, yellow polka
Harmony 
Hidradenitis Suppurativa 
Homelessness 
Leimyosarcoma 
Lupusorange
Macular Degeneration 
Migraineburgundy
Mucolipidoses 
Mucopolysaccharidosis 
No Unattended Kids in Cars 
Orca Whale Protection 
Pagan Pride 
Pancreatic Cancer 
Pancreatitis (Chronic) 
Peripheral Neuropathy 
Religious Tolerance 
Sarcoidosis 
Sjogren's Syndrome 
Suicide Prevention 
Testicular Cancerorchid
Thyroid Cancer 
Victims of 9/11 - WTCred, white, blue
Victims of homophobia 
Workers' Memorial Day 
blue
Alopecia 
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) 
Addiction Recovery 
Ankylosing Spondylitis 
Arthritis 
Brachial Plexus Injuries 
Brittle Bone Disease 
Bullyingindigo
Cancer Survivorpurple
Child Abuse 
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
Colitispurple
Colon Cancerbrown
Colorectal Cancerbrown
Crime Victim's Rights 
Crohn's Diseasepurple
Domestic Violencepurple, purple&teal
Drowning Awareness 
Dysautonomialight blue
Dystonia 
Education 
Electronic Frontier Foundation: Freedom of Speech Online 
Epstein-Barr Virus 
Erb's Palsy 
Familial Polyposisbrown
Free Speech 
Guillian Barre Syndrome 
Human Trafficking 
Huntington's Disease 
Hurricane 
Hydranencephaly 
Hystiocytosis 
Ichthyosis 
Internet Free Speech 
Interstitial Cystitisteal
Japanese Abductees Kidnapped by North Korea 
Langerhans Cell Hystiocytosis 
Leukodystrophy 
ME / CFIDS 
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis 
Myositis 
Non-Smoking Week (Canada) 
Osteogenesis Imperfecta 
Police Lost in the Line of Duty 
Rectal Cancer 
Restless Legs Syndrome 
Reye's Syndrome 
Save The Music 
Sex Slavery 
Short Bowel Syndrome 
Steven Johnson Syndrome 
Teens Against Smoking 
Transverse Myelitis 
Tuberous Sclerosis 
Victim's Rights 
Water Accidents 
Water Quality 
Water Safety 
indigo
Alopecia 
Bullyingblue
Genetic Disordersmint green
Harassment 
Stalkingsilver, white
Targeted Individuals (Bullying, Harassment, Stalking, etc.) 
Methicillin (or Multidrug) -Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) 
teal
Agoraphobia 
Anti-Bullying 
Anxiety Disorder 
Batten Disease 
Bladder Pain Syndrome 
Cervical Cancerteal & white
Congenital Diaphragmatic Herniawhite
Dissociative Identity Disorder 
Ectodermal Dysphasia 
Food Allergies 
Fragile X 
Gynecological Cancerlavender, silver
Interstitial Cystitisblue
Military Sexual Trauma 
Myasthenia Gravis 
Native American Reparationsturquoise
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 
Ovarian Cancersilver
Panic Disorder 
Polycystic Kidney Disease 
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy 
Rape 
Sclerodermalight blue
Sexual Assaultpurple & teal
Stress Disorder 
Substance Abusered
Tsunami Victims 
Uterine Cancerpeach
lime green
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 
Lyme Disease 
Lymphomared
Muscular Dystrophyorange
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma 
Sandhoff Disease 
turquoise
Addiction Recovery 
Native American Reparationsteal
periwinkle
Acid Reflux Disease 
Anorexia Nervosa 
Bulimia Nervosa 
Eating Disorders 
Eosinophilic Disorders 
Esophageal Cancer 
Gastric Cancer 
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) 
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 
Pulmonary Hypertension 
Small Intestine Cancer 
Stomach Cancer 
light blue
Addison's Disease 
Behcet's Disease 
Chronic Illness 
DiGeorge Sequence 
Dysautonomiablue
Graves Disease 
Hyperaldosteronism 
Klinefelter's Syndrome 
Lymphedema 
Men's Health 
Pro Choice 
Prostate Cancer 
Sclerodermateal
Shprintzen Syndrome 
Spay or Neuter Pets 
Thyroid Disease 
Trisomy 18 
Velo-Cardio Facial Syndrome 
light green
Celiac Disease 
Chronic Pelvic Pain 
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) 
Pelvic Pain 
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) 
mint green
Autosomal Recessive PKD 
Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis 
Genetic Disordersindigo
Ivemark Syndrome 
green
Aging research 
Bipolar Disorder 
Bone Marrow Transplant & Donation 
Cerebral Palsy 
Childhood Depression 
Craniosynostosislavender
Depression 
Driving Safety 
Environment 
Eye Injury Prevention 
Fanconi's Syndrome 
Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva 
Freedom 
Glaucoma 
Growth & Rebuilding 
Kidney Cancerorange
Kidney Disease 
Kidney Donation 
Leukemiaorange
Literacy Awareness 
Living Organ Donation 
Manic Depression 
Mental Health 
Mental Illnessgray
Mental Retardation 
Missing Childrenyellow
Mitochondrial Disease 
Nephrotic Syndrome 
Neural Tube Defects 
Neurofibromatosis 
Organ Donation / Transplant 
Pedestrian Safety 
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Progressiva 
Renal Cell Carcinoma 
Safe Driving 
Save Darafur 
Spinal Cord Injury Research 
Stem Cell Donor 
Stem Cell Research 
Tissue Donation or Transplants 
Tourette's Syndrome 
Transplant Tissue or Organ 
Traumatic Brain Injury 
Von Hippel Lindau 
Worker Safety 
jade
Hepatitis B 
Liver Canceryellow
olive green
Children's Neurobiological Solutions (CNS) 
orchid
orange
Eczema 
Psoriasis 
pearl. 
white
Lung Cancer (Non-Smoker) 
pink
blue
Amniotic Fluid Embolism 
Baby Safe Haven 
Birth Defects 
Breast Cancer (Male) 
Genital Integrity 
Hyperemesis Graviduram 
Infant Loss 
Infertility 
Inflammatory Breast Cancerhot pink
Male Breast Cancer 
Miscarriage 
Pregnancy Loss 
Premature Birth 
Pro-lifered
SIDS 
Stillbirth 
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 
Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome 
purple
blue
Pediatric Stroke 
Rheumatoid Arthritis 
pink
teal
Hereditary Breast Cancer 
pink
green
Lung Cancer 
purple
teal
Domestic Violenceblue, purple
Sexual Assaultteal
purple
green
Hospice & Palliative Care 
purple
yellow
Autoimmune Hepatitis 
Chemical Injury 
Lupus with Endometriosis 
teal
white
Cervical Cancerteal
aqua
lime gr.
Adult Stem Cell Donor 
gold
red
Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT) 
gold
silver
Ear Related Disorders & Diseases 
Hearing Disorders 
Hearing Impairments 
Meniere's Disease 
Tinnitus 
red
white
Aplastic Anemia 
DVT 
Head & Neck Cancerivory, burgundy, ivory
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia 
Squamous Cell Carcinoma 
red
yellow
Hepatitis Cred
HIV / HCV Co-Infectionred
red
blue
Children with AIDS Campaign (UNICEF) 
Congenital Heart Defectsred
Congenital Heart Diseasered
Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome 
International FireFighters' Day 
Noonan's Syndrome 
Pulmonary Fibrosis 
SADS 
UNICEF (Children with AIDS Campaign) 
blue
white
Teen Cancer 
blue
yellow
Down Syndrome 
Designated Drivers (The Hero Campaign) 
blue
silver
Coping with Cancer 
blue
gray
Type 1 Diabetes 
black
white
Anti-Racism 
Diversity 
black
red
Murder Victim 
Murdered Children 
black
pink
Bone Marrow Donor 
Mourning a Daughter, Mother, Sister, etc. 
black
gold
Platelet Donor 
black
blue
Choroidal Melanoma 
Concern Of Police Survivors (COPS): Support Law Enforcement 
Mourning a Brother, Father, Son, etc. 
Ocular Melanoma 
Uveal Melanoma 
red / white / blue
  
   9/11 Victimspurple
Fireworks Safety 
National Support 
Patriotism 
WTC Heros 
WTC Victims 
Victims of 9/11purple
white / red / white
  
   Oral cancer 
ivory / burgundy / ivory
  
   Head & neck cancerred&white
blue / red / black
  
   Polyamory 
black / white / black
  
   Vaccine Awareness 
mixed
  
      Autism & Asperger's syndrome (and ASD in general) 
pinstripe (or zebra)
  
      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 
Carcinoid & Neuroendocrine tumor 
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome 
Lou Gehrig's Disease 
Rare Diseases 
rainbow. 
  
      Gay Pride 
Same Sex Marriages 
yellow polka
  
 Fibromyalgia (UK)cranberry, purple

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See also AIDS Cross

See also Yellow Cross

See also Rainbow Cross

Jade and pearl are not colours. Like cosmetics and household paint, fancy names are often given to colours to exploit the subjectiveness and emotional context of the words and their associations. The colour shown on this page marked as 'pearl' is actually called 'Misty Rose'.

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