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Shipping containers are not new, in fact, they have been around for the better part of the century. It is in the last decade, however, that we have seen them been seriously used outside their primary realm (that of transportation); more so in construction.
The Popularity of Shipping Container Conversions
The increasing use of shipping containers for construction can be greatly attributed to the wave of environmental awakening currently sweeping across the world. It is within the last couple of decades that humans have started recognising their impact on the environment and have started changing their lifestyles to ones that are more environmentally conscious.
People have become more careful with the way they use resources which has made recycling and upcycling a big part of everyday life. And with an ever-growing pile of retired shipping containers the world over, it was only a matter of time before people found a “green” way to deal with them.
Thanks to their engineering and construction, shipping containers have proven quite easy to work with which has further boosted their popularity. Some of the attributes that have made them darlings in the up-cycling arena include:
1. Shipping containers generally retire well before their “expiry” date. This means that they still have a long period of usefulness left in them at the time of retirement. Since sea containers are built to withstand the harsh conditions of the sea and rough handling during transit, any other type of use does not exert that kind of strain which helps them last much longer.
2. Sea containers are quite affordable especially when they are bought second-hand. This makes them ideal for projects where quality is required but within a limited budget.
3. Because of their prominent role in global shipping, cargo containers are widely available in all parts of the world making them convenient and easy to come by.
4. Cargo containers can be transformed into a variety of things such as houses, pop-up shops, cafes, on-site offices, bars, kitchens, toilets and so much more. They can also be easily joined or stacked to create bigger structures.
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