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 log into your account at ecopalms.org for your order status and tracking information.
In the typical palm trade:
How are Eco-Palms different?
Prices for 2016
*We apologize for the slight increase in this price since our printed material was published.
Palms are delivered the week before Palm Sunday.
When your palms arrive, please open the box to make sure they are in good condition. If you leave the palms in the box, they may mold. You should either store them in a cool location, such as a refrigerator, or trim the stems a few inches and put them in water until Palm Sunday.
Download Congregational Resources
Eco-Palms Activity Sheet
Eco-Palms Bulletin Insert
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.
Our Partner: The University of Minnesota
Lutheran World Relief partners with the University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM).
CINRAM is working together with the Rainforest Alliance TREES program and Smartwood to certify palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to congregations in the United States and Europe.
Partnerships with wholesaler Continental Floral Greens and distributor Hermes Floral have enabled Eco-Palms to be distributed throughout the United States for Palm Sunday. In addition, partnerships with faith-based organizations such as Lutheran World Relief (LWR), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Presbyterian Church of the United States (PCUSA) have helped expand awareness of the Eco-Palms program.
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