More and more Americans are looking to both downsize their living spaces while also making ecologically friendly choices. One option for these like-minded individuals is to move into a retired industrial shipping container — otherwise known as conex containers. These industrial containers are portable and easy to relocate, yet boasts awesome features such as stackability, durability and weather resistance.
Shipping containers are known to last for over 20 years as long as they undergo regular maintenance, which is minimal. These tiny homes can be built in a factory in as little as two to three weeks, which is a remarkable difference when you compare the wait time to an small house that averages around 4-6 months to complete. Creating modular housing is easy and inexpensive. And with estimates suggesting that there are around 24 million retired industrial shipping containers on earth, there are plenty of tiny homes to go around. Repurposed shipping containers provide a solution to our large quantities of shipping containers.
Industrialized shipping container solutions go beyond the scope of modular housing. Small businesses are using them as hip pop-up locations and even starting their company store with them. The versatility, mobility options, and rising hip factor are making them a more viable option for creative spaces and gatherings.
Since these structures were originally built for industrial shipping, you will never have to worry about break-ins if you are using the containers as a business or storage center. They are waterproof and have a strong lock system already in place so that you will never have to worry about your inventory becoming damaged or stolen.
There are smaller-scale ideas for industrial shipping containers if you’re not interested in downsizing or starting a business. Many Americans will use an industrial shipping container as a shed in their backyard to store their gardening tools or outside holiday decorations. Others can use it as a mini garage for their bikes, surfboards, and camping gear. Some people are even using shipping containers as a mold for the below ground swimming pool.
No matter what reason a person may have for investing in a repurposed shipping container, they can sure that they are purchasing an item that is sturdy, safe, unique and most importantly, environmentally friendly.