Repurposed and new cargo and freight containers are beginning to gain popularity around the world as durable and innovative dormitories, homes, offices, and even a hotel. Many people around the world are becoming more environmentally conscious and responsible as natural resources are being consumed at excessive rates. Shipping container houses are still a very new concept and industry. The industry has the potential to expand rapidly to literally deliver affordable housing to nearly everyone on the planet.
Innovation Creates Solutions to Problems
Around the world, countless shipping containers that have exceeded their lifespan sit idle on loading and shipping docks, warehouse lots, and abandoned industrial sites, destined to decay over many decades. These cargo boxes can be rescued, salvaged, and restored to give them a meaningful existence and a new purpose in life. Innovative architects, building contractors, and engineers are responding to the masses to develop and deliver environmentally-friendly housing units.
The use of reclaimed and recycled materials translates to reduced environmental impacts on the planet. By salvaging and restoring the abandoned containers, sites can be cleared of useless clutter. It takes much less time, energy, and effort to transform a cargo box into a container house than it would to reduce it to scrap metal and melt it down for another purpose.
The bulk of the costs and environmental impacts in the scrap reduction process are the fuel costs to melt the metal for reuse. The scrap reduction process contributes to additional and unnecessary air pollution emissions.
Green construction, engineering, and manufacturing are being used for nearly every new process and industry. Housing manufacturers are embracing the concepts and ideas to respond the public demands, ever-changing environmental regulations, and lifestyle choices.
Adopting an Environmentally Responsible Lifestyle
Many people are becoming environmentally responsible global citizens by recycling plastic, glass, metal, and paper at home and in the workplace.
Some people have taken a much greater leap to the front of the movement and are purchasing homes with reduced environmental impacts and small carbon footprints. The use of recycled shipping containers translates into fewer trees are required in the housing construction industry. Fewer trees used in construction means less forest depletion. More forests means there are more trees for greater absorption and removal of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Ultimately, we all breathe cleaner air.
An environmental-friendly lifestyle can have global impacts and have positive effects on someone in a remote location on the other side of the planet. Cargo container homes generally cost less than conventional construction homes, which means that homeownership can be affordable for many more people. The container housing industry is still in its infancy and has the potential to be an environmentally- friendly lifestyle phenomenon.