Just like the wood Ma used to makeThe wood used to build this station comes from wood farms to ensure that it is renewable.
It's not that easy to recycle wood for construction, but wood farms make it easier to build responsibly and make sure that forests with ecosystems aren't disturbed by the need for lumber. Trees in wood farms can be planted in cycles and raised specifically with concern for the sustainability of the farm itself. Think of it as part of the old-fashioned model of replacing a tree when you use it.
A little less chainsaw. A little better forest.
Recycling the unrecyclableCertain kinds of glass can’t be recycled to make new glass containers. These include clear window glass and fluorescent light bulbs. But that doesn’t mean they have to end up in a landfill. The concrete in this station is made with crushed waste glass instead of sand. So the glass stays out of the landfill and the environment isn’t disturbed to get new sand.
Recycled glass in concrete.
A little less landfill. A little better landscape
We’ve already thought about tearing this station downTo build an environmentally friendly building, you need to think about what will happen to all the materials when it gets torn down. The big canopy over our fuel dispensers is made of uncoated stainless steel. Every bit of it can be recycled and made into new things. Maybe someday it will drive into another BP station for a fill-up.
Recycling steel uses 76 percent less energy than making steel from iron ore. In the United States it saves as much energy as is used by 18 million homes.
Recyclable stainless steel.
A little less waste. A little better the second time around.
Our signs are junkThe small signs that identify the station’s earth-friendly features are made from scraps of steel left over from building the canopy. So is the restroom signage. And like the canopy itself, they can all be recycled years from now when the building is torn down.
Little things add up. Recycling the metal in seven soup cans saves enough energy to run a 60-watt bulb around the clock. Our signs probably saved a few big dinners’ worth.
Scrap steel signage.
A little less trash. A little better info.