Child smiling while holding palm

Eco-Palms

A Better Choice for Your Palm Sunday Celebration

When your congregation purchases Eco-Palms through LWR, you know that the harvesters were paid fairly for them and that your purchase helps protect important forests and sustainable livelihoods in the harvesting communities.

The week before Palm Sunday, you may click here and log into your account for your order status and tracking information.

Ordering for 2015 is now closed. We will resume sales for the 2016 season!

Help LWR celebrate 10 years of Eco-Palms!

More than 2,000 Lutheran congregations have waved nearly 2.7 MILLION Eco‑Palms. THANK YOU!

Why did LWR start the Eco-Palms program?

Profits from Palm Sunday sales in the U.S. could do great things for the poor communities in Guatemala and Mexico where the palms are harvested. But via traditional trade channels, very little of that money reaches the palm harvesters and their communities.

In the typical palm trade:

  • Large floral export firms encourage over-harvesting: they pay by volume for palms and then throw away large amounts that aren’t export quality.
  • Over-harvesting damages forests where the palm plants thrive.
  • Forests are depleted and palm-selling communities lose this important source of income.
Woman Preparing Eco-Palms for Export

How are Eco-Palms different?

  • The palms are gathered and sold in a socially and environmentally just way.
  • Harvesters are paid a fair price per palm based on quality, so they take fewer palms out of the forest, which protects important nature reserves.
  • Community members sort, package and sell the palms themselves — not via middlemen — so more of the money paid for the palms stays with the people who worked the hardest to provide them.
  • Because there is a steady market for the palms, locals are motivated to protect the forests (their source of income), ensuring harvests well into the future.
  • Harvesting communities receive 5-6 times the normal payment per frond.

Ordering for 2015 is now closed. We will resume sales for the 2016 season!

Download Congregational Resources to help with your Palm Sunday Celebration

Eco Palms Activity Sheet

Eco-Palms Activity Sheet

Eco Palms Bulletin Insert

Eco-Palms Bulletin Insert

Lutheran World Relief partners with the University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management to make these Eco-Palms available.

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