Here are some reasons (from their website) to encourage your congregation to order Eco Palms this year as you plan to commemorate Holy Week.
- 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 5 to 6 times the normal payment per frond. Your purchase of eco-palms helps improve standards of living and protect forests.
Palm-producing areas tend to be the home of poorer segments of the rural population where people rely heavily on the palm harvest for income. Although purchases of palms in the U.S. may reach as high as $4.5 million each year, the palm harvesters themselves earn very little.
Harvesting palm products is an important source of supplemental income for many indigenous families and communities in Guatemala and Mexico. However, over-harvesting palm can threaten the livelihood of these communities as well as the forests where the palm plants thrive and provide the shade required by the palms.
For more information, visit http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/enough/eco-palms/ or contact Melanie Hardison at (800) 728-7228, x5626 or Melanie.Hardison@pcusa.org.
Order soon as supplies are limited.