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At INDAVID, we consciously use polyester in our collections, and for good reasons. While cotton is often seen as the more environmentally friendly material, polyester offers a number of advantages that we consider essential for our products and your needs.

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The advantages of polyester

  • Durability and longevity
    Polyester is extremely durable and resistant to wear, tear and shrinkage. Compared to cotton, which wears out more quickly with frequent washing and wearing, polyester lasts much longer. This means that polyester garments need to be replaced less often, saving resources and reducing environmental impact in the long term.
  • Easy care
    Polyester is crease-resistant, easy to wash and dries quickly. Unlike cotton, which often needs to be ironed and absorbs a lot of water during washing, polyester is very easy to care for. It requires less energy and time to care for, which is both more environmentally friendly and more practical for everyday use.
  • Moisture wicking
    Polyester has excellent moisture-wicking properties, which are particularly beneficial during sporting activities. It keeps the skin dry and comfortable by wicking moisture away from the skin. Cotton, on the other hand, tends to soak up moisture and stay wet for longer, which can lead to discomfort.
  • Color fastness
    Polyester absorbs dyes well and retains its color intensity even after many washes. While cotton can fade over time, the colors of polyester remain vibrant and attractive. This means that polyester garments look like new for longer, which increases their aesthetic value.
  • Versatility
    Polyester can be made in different textures and weights, making it a versatile material for different garments, from sporty to dressy. While cotton also offers different textures, it does not achieve the same range of applications as polyester.
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The challenges of cotton

  • Water consumption
    Growing cotton requires large amounts of water, which can be problematic in regions where water is scarce. Cotton is one of the thirstiest crops and contributes significantly to water consumption in agriculture. A cotton T-shirt can require up to 2,700 liters of water.
  • Pesticide use
    Cotton farming often uses high levels of pesticides and herbicides, which can be harmful to the environment and the health of workers. These chemicals can leach into soil and water, causing long-term ecological damage. Growing cotton organically reduces this problem, but is more expensive and less common.
  • Energy consumption
    The cultivation and processing of cotton is energy-intensive. From the field to the finished garment, cotton requires a significant amount of energy, which increases its environmental footprint. Polyester, on the other hand, can be produced in a more energy-efficient way, especially when recycled polyester is used.
  • Care requirements
    Cotton creases easily and requires frequent ironing. Cotton also tends to shrink and lose its shape with repeated washing, which shortens the life of the garment. Polyester retains its shape and requires less care, making it a more practical choice.
  • Drying time
    Cotton dries more slowly than polyester, which increases energy consumption during drying and makes it more difficult to use in everyday life. Polyester, on the other hand, dries quickly, which saves time and energy and improves efficiency in everyday life.
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The disadvantages of organic cotton

  • Limited cultivation areas
    Compared to conventional cotton, organic cotton requires larger cultivation areas and generally produces lower yields. This can lead to a more inefficient use of agricultural land and increase the ecological footprint.
  • Fluctuating quality
    The quality of organic cotton can vary greatly depending on the growing and harvesting conditions. This can lead to inconsistencies in production and processing, which complicates production and can lead to higher costs.
  • Ethical working conditions
    Although organic cotton is grown in a more environmentally friendly way, ethical working conditions are not always guaranteed. In some regions, exploitation and even child labor can occur. This is a major challenge and can reduce the social benefits of organic cotton.
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Our commitment to sustainability

At INDAVID, we strive to choose the best materials for our products, taking into account both your needs and our environmental responsibility. We use recycled polyester whenever possible and are continuously committed to sustainable production methods. By focusing on durable and easy-care materials, we help to minimize the environmental footprint of our fashion.

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Production to order

Another important aspect of our sustainability strategy is production to order. At INDAVID, we do not produce excess quantities, but only manufacture each fashion item to order. This reduces waste, prevents overproduction and ensures that only the resources that are actually needed are used. In this way, we actively contribute to reducing our environmental impact and promote a conscious and sustainable consumer culture.