Eco-Friendly Home Decor Tips

It can be confusing to know what products and materials to use when you’re trying to update your home’s look while being eco-friendly. So, we’ve put together this list of tips to help you redesign sustainably and make your home healthier.

1. Use natural materials

There’s a wide variety of home decor products made from natural materials. Some are obvious, while others are a bit surprising. For example, linoleum is made from wood flour, rosins, ground limestone, powdered cork, pigments, jute, and linseed oil (all natural materials). Bamboo is used for flooring and other products. It can even be used as a structural element. For fabrics, choose cotton and linen. Wood is an obvious choice, although how it’s harvested plays a role in its sustainability (see number 6 below).

2. Save energy

Saving energy reduces the amount of carbon emissions released into the air from power generation. You can save energy by changing existing incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs for ones with LEDs in them. LEDs last much longer and use only a fraction of the energy used by traditional bulbs. If you’re looking to make a real difference in your energy use, it may be time to update your windows and doors. Today’s windows offer double and triple panes of glass with gases in the middle to improve their insulation value. And well-insulated exterior doors help keep the elements outside, saving on energy and money.

3. Add plants

Plants and other greenery help keep the air fresh, as well as absorb airborne toxins. Humans have a natural desire to be connected to the outside world. In addition, plants have been shown to provide a variety of positive outcomes: improved mood and well-being, cleaner air, increased productivity and reduced stress. Adding a bit of nature to your indoor environment can make you both happier and healthier.

4. Reduce toxins

Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are found in a wide variety of household products and materials. These compounds can cause respiratory health problems, as well as cause bad odors when they let off gas. In fact, the familiar smell of paint and that “new car smell” are the effects of these compounds off-gassing from the materials they’re in. Luckily, today there are a wide variety of low-VOC and no-VOC products available. Use these products, like paints and adhesives, instead of their more toxic cousins.

5. Reuse and recycle

Instead of buying new furniture or other materials to update your look, change or modify what you already have. For example, recover a dingy-looking couch for a whole new look. Or paint a wooden chair to match the decor in a room. Another option is to buy items from a local thrift store or auction website. Reusing and recycling materials is generally less expensive, and it keeps trash out of landfills.

6. Look for labels

There are a variety of product labels designed to help you select more sustainable materials and products. For example, lumber and other wood products can be certified as SFI or FSC. Both labels are proof that the products have been raised and harvested sustainably. When looking for appliances, windows, doors, and other energy-saving products look for the Energy Star label. This label means these products have been shown to save energy over similar products.

7. Buy local

Buying materials sourced from local manufacturers can help save carbon emissions and reduces energy use. Whether products are transported by train, truck, or plane, they all produce greenhouse gases and carbon. In addition, buying local will ensure that the products are designed for the local climate. This can be especially important when sourcing exterior components like windows and doors. You can also help support local craftsmen and artists by choosing their works instead of buying from big-box suppliers.

8. Avoid plastic

If at all possible, avoid purchasing plastic materials. They can be toxic and often aren’t as durable, break easily, and end up in the landfill when they are no longer useful. Watch for hidden plastic materials like polyester fibers and epoxy. Choose products made from durable materials like wood, metal, stone, cement, etc. Using these materials will save you money in the long run and be better for the environment.

Parr offers a variety of building materials that can help you update your home’s look or build something new. We offer quality lumber, windows, doors, cabinets, and paints. Look for your closest store to get the help you need to make your vision a reality.


Make your own DIY Checkerboard with Shannon Quimby

Are you planning a camping trip, backyard party, or games night? Learn how to create your own DIY checkerboard with Shannon Quimby!


Parr Lumber is giving away 3 of the DIY Checkerboard for FREE!

Thank you to our DIY queen @shannonquimby for easy how-to videos.

Super easy 3 steps to get a FREE DIY Checkerboard!

1) Follow @parrlumberco on Instagram or Facebook

2) Tag someone to challenge them to a game

3) Send us a private message with your first and last name and your email address.

That’s it! You are In! Three lucky winners will be announced on July 25th

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Consumer Disclosure: You have not yet won. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Three prizes will be awarded, and the winners will be randomly selected. Prize: Each winner will receive one (1) DIY Checkerboard (worth approximately $45.00-65.00). The approximate retail value of three prizes combined is $135-$195, but each prize winner will only receive one DIY Checkerboard worth approximately $45.00-65.00. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. One entry per person, per household, and per Facebook or Instagram account (if entering via Facebook or Instagram). Must be 18+ and Oregon or Washington resident. Entry requires that you follow our Facebook or Instagram and like our post unless you choose alternative means of entry. Other restrictions apply. Promotion Period: 07/18/22 at 5:00 PM to 07/25/22 at 5 PM. Sponsor: Parr Lumber Company, at 5630 NE Century Blvd., Hillsboro, OR 97124. For complete rules visit

Parr Lumber Deck, Fence and Outdoor Living Expo 2022

Kicking off 2022 spring with our exclusive Parr Lumber Deck, Fence, and Outdoor living expo happening at 10 Parr locations. Check it out!

Deck Expo Highlights:

*Free Deck planning services
*Green Mountain Grill Giveaway worth $899
*Manufacturer representatives on-site
*Meet with one of our best in the industry vendors to help answer questions
*Gain more knowledge and insight specifics related to products.
*Event only specials
*Free lunch (11 am – 1 pm)

Deck Expo Locations:
Saturday, April 2 – Hillsboro (9 am – 3 pm)
Saturday, April 9 – Vancouver
Saturday, April 9 – Newberg
Saturday, April 16 – Raleigh Hills
Saturday, April 16 – West Linn
Saturday, April 23 – Prineville
Saturday, April 30 – Salem
Friday, May 6 – Pasco
Saturday, May 7 – Bothell
Saturday, May 7 – Spokane

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You have not yet won. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT THE 2022 PARR LUMBER FENCE, OUTDOOR LIVING, & DECK EXPO TO ENTER (UNLESS YOU ENTER VIA ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF ENTRY DESCRIBED IN THE OFFICIAL RULES). The expo is on the following dates at the following locations, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time: April 2, 2022 at our Hillsboro store at 7650 NE Wagon Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124; April 9, 2022 at our Vancouver and Newberg stores at 6400 E 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661 and 200 N. Elliot, Newberg, OR 97132; April 16, 2022 at our Raleigh Hills and West Linn stores at 4605 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97225 and 2351 SW Borland Rd, West Linn, OR 97068; April 23, 2022 at our Prineville store at 601 N Main Street, Prineville, OR 97754; April 30, 2022 at our Salem store at 4050 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem, OR 97301; May 6, 2022 at our Pasco store at 2105 N Commercial Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301; and May 7, 2022 at our Bothell and Spokane stores at 17617 15th Avenue SE, Bothell, WA 98012 and 4111 East Francis Avenue, Spokane, WA 99217. Enter by using the QR codes or Sponsor’s tablet to submit an entry form at the event. One prize will be awarded, and the winner will be randomly selected. The prize is one (1) GMG Ledge Prime Wifi-Enabled Pellet Grill (worth approximately $899.99). The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. One entry per person and per household. Must be 18+ and Oregon or Washington resident. Other restrictions apply. Sponsor: Parr Lumber Company, at 5630 NE Century Blvd., Hillsboro, OR 97124. Click on the link for the complete promotion official rules.

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Weatherizing Your Home in 4 Easy Steps

Did you know an average un-weatherized house has the leak equivalent of a two feet wide-open window? Weatherizing not only improves the comfort of your home, but it can also save money on your energy bill. In today’s blog post, we’re going to share four steps to weatherize yor home. But before we begin, you need to know about your home’s thermal envelope.
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Insulation and caulking | Parr Lumber

It’s what’s behind the wall that matters

As temperatures drop and homeowners feel the effects of winter, it’s common to hear complaints about cold houses, seemingly constant drafts, and dramatic increases in heating bills. The solution to these issues might be behind the sheetrock of your home. Comfort and energy savings in many homes (especially older homes) can be improved by checking the air flow around windows and doors and properly maintaining or adding high quality insulation.

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