Shipping Containers as a Sustainable Storage Solution
Shipping containers are a preferred portable storage solution – they’re cost-effective, easily accessible, and flexible, in terms of size and length of contract, in meeting your business’ needs. But they can also help your business reduce its carbon footprint and run a more sustainable operation. This is a major focus for most industries as countries around the globe work to combat the effects of climate change.
Shipping containers are reusable
Shipping containers were initially constructed to transport precious cargo in harsh ocean conditions, so they’re built to last. Each container is made from weather-resistant materials, which prolongs its usable life. Furthermore, the containers can be used again and again, and they’re suitable for land, water, and rail. Every container is used for different jobs and customers, and then it’s cleaned and sent back out. This reusability reduces the need for plastic bags and cardboard boxes over the course of several decades.
Container repairs are environmentally friendly
Periodically, shipping containers require some maintenance and repair, but it’s often minimal and doesn’t harm the environment. Scrap metal and parts from other containers can be recycled and used to fix containers that are still in use. This prevents the fabrication of new metal. And, even when a container is retired, its usable pieces can be spared and saved for future repairs. The rest of the container can be melted down and recycled.
No new units are needed
There are an estimated 30 million shipping containers in circulation around the globe. So, there’s enough scrap metal and spare parts available to make new containers when they’re needed. But considering the shelf life of a single container, it’s rare that completely new units are necessary. Because of constant reuse and upcycling of used materials, the shipping container industry doesn’t produce a significant amount of environmental waste.
Shipping containers reduce the number of construction projects
Shipping containers have been repurposed for several different uses including offices, tiny homes, garages, and even swimming pools. In each of these instances, no concrete, brick, or mortar is being used. As governments and entrepreneurs worldwide seek solutions for the growing affordable housing crisis, shipping containers have provided a green option. They’re available in abundance and made of steel (which is easily adapted, durable, and recyclable). And, they lend themselves to creative design options and fast building processes.
Shipping containers have several green options
Even though the shipping container itself is green, there are other options that can be added to ensure continued use doesn’t harm the environment. Glass windows can help control temperature without using electric units, LED lighting is more energy-efficient, and insulation can also ensure optimal energy performance.
In the short-term, shipping containers can provide portable storage, which transforms your day-to-day business. But in the long-term, they can completely transform your company’s impact on the environment.