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14 bizarre gas stations worth a pit stop

July 20, 2011, 1:36 p.m.
Helios House gas staion in Los Angeles

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Helios House

A green gas station may seem like a bit of a paradox, but BP’s Helios House in Los Angeles is about as green as gasoline can go. The futuristic refueling stop replaced an old Thrifty station and was constructed from reclaimed and recycled materials. The metal roof is made from recyclable steel and has solar panels and a rainfall collection system, and the station floor is concrete is mixed with bits of recycled glass. Helios House even has a “green team” that advises customers on how to improve gas mileage and hands out energy-saving tips printed on recycled paper embedded with flower seeds.