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The SWAP Team is a non-profit social enterprise with an international presence. It is the creator of "Take Off Your Clothes" – a giant clothing swap for charity.
Since its launch in June 2009, The SWAP Team has formed chapters in Montreal, NYC, Boston, Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Calgary, Halifax, Northampton (MA) and is ever-expanding.
The organization is run entirely by volunteereffort, has exchanged 30,264 pieces of clothing to date and has donated more than 37,000 garments to charities to distribute to individuals and families in need. The SWAP Team has been mentioned in fashion magazines Clin d'Oeil, Loulou and Zink Magazine as well as in news outlets CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, 680 News, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, and many others.
1. provide good quality clothing to charities, who then use the clothes for their local community programs 2. provide communities with an alternative to new clothing consumption (e.g., collaborative consumption) 3. promote eco-friendly and socially conscious clothing consumption 4. develop upcycled items from used clothing, textiles and waste materials from the garment industry