The world has been striving to go green for a while now. It is a worthy cause that all of us should embrace with open arms. What better way to contribute to this cause than to make sure your storage options are eco-friendly. As you may already know, there is a surplus of shipping containers in many ports. This is simple because it is does not make economic and environmental conservancy sense to return the empty containers to their ports of origin, it costs more money than its worth. This situation is actually a good thing as shipping containers can be re-used for many other purposes (otherwise they’d be wasting away not being used). These purposes include use as temporary or permanent storage, portable offices, business structure, homes etc.
Why are shipping containers a quality more eco-friendly storage option?
Durability and strength
Shipping containers are made to withstand all manner of situations including adverse weather conditions. They are made from 16-gauge CorTen steel, can hold 55,000lb and can withstand 1000lb of pressure. Further, the containers can be stacked up to nine containers high, which is great for saving space, and they are durable enough to last for over 25 years. It would be wrong to let something with such valuable properties go to waste. For example, if a company needs extra space for storage, they would have to construct a whole new building for use. That would cost money and is environmentally taxing. Using shipping containers as a means of storage can keep them safe for over 25 years.
Less carbon emission
A whooping 9.9 tons of carbon waste is emitted during the construction of a simple 40-foot mixed material building. Production, transportation and installation of a shipping container (recycled) with similar dimensions and that’s been converted into a duo office releases approximately half that amount of carbon waste. The reason behind all of this is that construction of an office would require use of virgin materials which a great deal of energy is used to procure. Transporting these materials to where they are being assembled also uses considerable energy, as all of the separate pieces must be transported there. Secondly, there is a very minimal need for site preparation if a shipping container is used. They simply need to be set in a fairly level spot, and they’re good to go. Again, this is both cost-efficient and uses less energy.
Using a Raleigh shipping container as offices, homes etc. is cost-effective. The amount of money you would need to put together such a building is way higher than installing a recycled shipping container. A mixed material building will also require you to hire experts in different fields to work on the specific materials such as metal, wood, glass etc. You will not need as many specialists to make a recycled container habitable, thereby saving you money.
So what happens when you no longer need that extra storage space? Well, you can always recycle the metal. Recycling is a major key to maintaining and saving the environment. The sheer strength of the materials used to make shipping containers is what makes them valuable. For example, it can be used in cargotexture. Cargotexture is a term that describes systems put together either partially or wholly from shipping containers parts. Shipping containers are versatile and can be used discreetly as a strong prefab building element or exposed in the exterior of a development. They aren’t tied down to one specific use, they can be used for almost anything!
In summary, using shipping containers as your means of storage is both eco-friendly and will save you money while more importantly saving the environment. If you live in the Nashville, TN area, you’re in luck! Carolina Containers is your local source for storage container sale and rental, as well as customization! Visit Carolina Container Raleigh’s site to find out more today!