Deja viewingThe glass tile in this station’s restrooms is made from post-consumer recycled glass. You may be looking at a peanut butter jar you’ve met before.
Recycled glass uses 40% less energy than making something from all new materials. Recycling a single glass container saves as much energy as a 100 watt bulb uses in four hours. It also reduces water pollution and mining waste.
A little less glass waste. A little better bathroom.
Some great ideas just fall out of the skyThe solar panels on this station produce enough energy to power two to three average American homes. And that eliminates 15 to 23 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year. All that from just the top of our canopy.
Sunshine is free, silent and pretty. You don’t have to import it from anywhere and it doesn’t make greenhouse gas or hazardous waste.
Interestingly, 70% of the solar power systems made in the United States are exported to developing countries. That sounds like a good way to develop.
A little less fuel burned. A little better cozy.
Sometimes low tech is betterThe roof of this station is covered with a bed of living grass and plants. It reduces the need for air conditioning and heating. It reduces rainwater runoff and keeps pollutants from being washed into the ocean. And it takes CO2 out of the air. In other words, it does a lot of what nature would be doing if the building wasn’t here.
A little less AC. A little better roof over our heads.
Be sure to check out our toilet seatsThe bathroom sinks, too. They’re made of Alkemi®, a material that’s 60% post-industrial aluminum scrap. We think it looks pretty cool, too.
Alkemi sinks and seats.
A little less raw material. A little better bowl.
Green versus greenhouseThe wall behind the station is covered with trumpet vines. They take some CO2, the biggest greenhouse gas, out of the air. We think they look pretty nice, too.
A little less CO2. A little better backdrop
Want to get rid of an old cell phone? Drop it here.Cell phones contain some toxic chemicals. If you toss one in the trash it can end up in a landfill where those chemicals can accumulate in the environment. And Americans discard 55 million cell phones each year!
Drop your old phone at the BP station at Olympic and Robertson and we’ll make sure it gets safely recycled. (Don’t worry, your old messages won’t get recycled with it.)
Cell phone drop off.
A little less hassle. A little better reason to buy that cool new phone
A nice fresh coat of paint can make you sickOrdinary paint releases chemicals called “volatile organic compounds” (VOC’s) into the air. They can cause asthma attacks and other health problems, and they keep coming out of the paint long after it dries, maybe for years.
We used a special low-VOC paint at this station. It’s far more friendly to the air and your body.
Low VOC paint.
A little less smelly. A little better breathing.