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“You give them something to eat.” Matt. 14:16

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Eco-Palms

Orders will be accepted starting January 10, 2014. Ordering deadline is March 21, 2014.

Place orders here.

Confirmation and Delivery

I want to:

Track my shipment: Use the FedEx tracking number you will receive by email to track via www.fedex.com/us.
Find my order number: Check the inbox of the email account you supplied with your order. The order number arrived the day you placed your order.
Confirm that my check arrived: Call (612) 624-7418.

Thanks for your support!

Eco-Palms will arrive the week of April 7-11, 2014. Congregations that ordered Eco-Palms are receiving two emails from Eco-Palms: one email containing your order number arrived the day you placed your order, and one email containing your FedEx tracking number will arrive the first week of April.

If you do not receive the email with tracking information by the first week of April, please contact Eco-Palms staff by email or call 651-487-7189.

Altogether 984 PC(USA) congregations ordered Eco-Palms in 2013! Joining with congregations from other denominations, churches across the United States will be waving almost 1 million Eco-Palms this Palm Sunday. Working together, we do make a difference! 

Eco-Palms Materials for Your Congregation

Download materials such as our bulletin insert, a 3-minute educational video, power points, brochures and more.

Care Instructions

When your palms arrive, please open the box to make sure they are in good condition. You should store them in a cool location (such as a refrigerator or cool basement) and trim the stems 2-3 inches and place them upright in water (as you would a vase of flowers) until Palm Sunday. It is imperative you open the box immediately and air the palms out in order to prevent them from molding or deteriorating. For more information, please visit www.ecopalms.org.



2014 Eco-Palms Pricing

Case Size                                             Price                      Shipping                         

Bunch (18-20 palms)                       $6.30                    $11.50 total shipping (not by number of bunches)

Small Case (170-200 palms)         $53.55                 $14.50 per case                

Medium Case (260-300 palms)   $76.10                  $19.75 per case                

Large Case (530-600 palms)         $144.35                $25.50 per case  


Eco-Palms by the numbers

2012

In 2012, 879 PC(USA) congregations purchased Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday (a ten percent increase over 2011). 2012 orders totaled more than 159,000 palm fronds purchased by Presbyterians.

 Altogether 4019 U.S. congregations ordered Eco-Palms in 2012, ensuring that over 808,000 palm fronds were harvested sustainably this season.

2011

In 2011 more than 800 PC(USA) congregations purchased Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday (a ten percent increase over 2010). 2011 orders totaled more than 150,000 palm fronds purchased by Presbyterians. 

Altogether 3,556 U.S. congregations ordered Eco-Palms in 2011, ensuring that more than 800,000 palm fronds were harvested sustainably last season. Eco-Palms purchases provide fair wages, environmental protection and development assistance for impoverished harvesting communities in Guatemala and Mexico.


Make social and environmental justice part of your congregation’s worship

The great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord — the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)

a man standing next to a growth of palms; he has his hand around a stalk

Production of eco-palms begins in forested areas of Mexico and Guatemala where workers, known as xaterros (sha-tare-rows), walk miles into the forest to harvest palm branches. Photo courtesy of Lutheran World Relief.

Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, accented by the jubilant waving of palm branches, is re-enacted each Palm Sunday in Presbyterian and other Christian congregations worldwide as Holy Week observances begin. Unfortunately for the communities where these palms are harvested, palm fronds do not always represent the same jubilation they do for us.

In 2007 the PC(USA) teamed up with Lutheran World Relief, Catholic Relief Services and the University of Minnesota to offer congregations the option of purchasing responsibly harvested Eco-Palm branches for Palm Sunday. The palms come from communities in Mexico and Guatemala where workers are paid fairly and engage in sustainable harvesting in order to protect the local ecosystem. Learn more about the benefits of Eco-Palms.

Learn about about your Eco-Palms Carbon Footprint.


Why order Eco-Palms?

  • Approximately 300 million palm fronds are consumed in the United States annually.
  • A congregation of 1,250 members orders approximately 700 fronds for Palm Sunday services.
  • Eco-palms are purchased directly from harvesters at five to six times the normal payment per frond.
  • Your purchase of eco-palms helps improve standards of living and protect forests.

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Eco-Palms and your church: your role in supporting social and environmental justice

More than 300 million palm fronds are harvested each year for U.S. consumption alone — most of them for Palm Sunday, but also for floral displays for church-related events. Your congregation’s commitment to purchase eco-palms plays an important role in protecting forests, local jobs, and sustainable livelihoods in the harvesting communities.

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  • Our congregation is used to receiving Palms that are single leafs. From the photos it looks as if these come as a whole branch. Is that correct? (If that makes any sense!) by Patti Ollendyke on 02/06/2013 at 10:44 a.m.

  • Brenda, Eco-palms range from 12-18 inches, and as you may have seen from some of the photos online and in the materials, they are sometimes longer. However within each bunch they should be approximately the same size. by Melanie Hardison on 03/28/2011 at 12:40 p.m.

  • what size are they (18-20 bunch) by Brenda Lockhart on 03/23/2011 at 4:28 p.m.

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