Nine Uses of an Old Shipping Container Other Than Transportation
We all have pretty much heard about quirky container homes and shops and by now know well that transporting cargo isn’t the only job of a shipping container. But, did you know that a 20 foot shipping container can be easily converted into a swanky swimming pool? Yes, you’ve heard it right. Let’s discover some more such innovative uses of a shipping container.
Indoor farms: With depleting farmland and changing weather patterns, the threat of food shortage is continuously lurking over humanity. In this scenario, climate controlled indoor farms can provide a solution. While abandoned buildings can be a good spot for indoor gardening, used shipping containers are a better alternative since their internal environment can be controlled, which aid in the growth of delicate crops. Additionally, these containers are stackable. Hence, the yield per square foot of land is actually higher than traditional farmlands.
Bridges: Have you heard about the ‘Econtainer Bridge’ at Ariel Sharon Park in Israel? The 160 meter long overpass, connecting Lod Road to the centre of Hiriya Mountain Park, is constructed by laterally joining a number of used shipping containers. This sturdy structure is giving a lot of hope to the people in areas where construction of traditional bridges proves to be costly and inconvenient.
Custom built refrigerators: Businesses, that require huge cooling units for the storage of perishables, can opt for containers equipped with refrigeration units. These are extremely strong, low-maintenance and come with a built-in voltage stabilizer. Plus, they are portable.
Fire training facility: Since steel is non-combustible, these containers provide a safe environment for mock drills carried out by the fire-fighters. These containers don’t let the fire to spread elsewhere if the practice goes wrong.
Schools: Shipping containers can be converted into additional classrooms with very minimal effort and without disturbing the surroundings. These are gaining popularity in African nations where the lack of infrastructure is a major deterrent towards quality education. These container schools are portable. Hence, they can be operated in remote places where children, otherwise, are required to travel long distances to avail education.
Emergency hospitals: Much like the container schools, these portable hospitals are proving to be a boon for the places which are deprived of quality healthcare. These are great at the warzones too.
Swimming pools: Since the containers are long and narrow, they are ideal for the conversion into a swimming pool. The 20 and 40 foot containers are apt for the purpose. They are portable and do not require any digging or planning permission.
Portable toilets: Portable container toilets are great for outdoor events and construction sites. These can house showers and basins and can be easily fitted with water inlets and sewerage ducts.
Refurbished furniture:All the above uses are great but require containers which are in moderately good condition. But what about the severely damaged ones? Well, they can be used as scraps to create bespoke furniture pieces – from office desks to luxurious sofas.
So, you have seen that a humble shipping container can be easily transformed into something extraordinary. All you need is a little imagination and skill.
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