From the day the shipping container was invented in 1956, it was known that this simple invention will be making a huge impact on the world. Over the past 64 years, these containers have not only transformed how we internationally ship goods but they have also provided us with a new sustainable way of constructing small buildings, these containers are also being transformed into homes in some places in the world.
Containers Made Global Shipping Simple
Prior to the invention of the steel shipping container, we were using wooden storage crates and barrels as a mean of transporting our goods. Whether this is clothes, food or raw material it was no doubt that this was simply inconvenient for all parties involved. Not only did this make international shipping complicated but also very costly, the amount of wood required to create these barrels and boxes got very expensive and more importantly they didn’t even last for long. When the steel shipping container came along it simply blew all other forms of transporting goods out of the water, literally.
Containerisation Boosted The Economy Dramatically
Containers are renown for being the leading way for transporting goods in bulk around the globe, for this reason, a term called containerisation was created. Containerisation is a form of globalisation which primarily focused around the spread of goods and material around the globe instead of businesses growth in general. Containerisation hugely boosted our economy as it meant we now had a cost-effective way for us to trade goods with countries on the other side of the globe. This allowed all the countries in the globe to create very complexed trading agreements. As of today, this is something that we are commonly seeing day in and day out, how often do you look on the bottom of a plastic product and see the words “Made In China”? If it wasn’t for containerisation China would have a fraction of the economy as they do today
Cheap Construction For Small Businesses
Containers have become a lot more than just a means of transporting our goods from A to B, now they are starting to be used around the globe for construction purposes. After 10-12 years shipping containers are taken out of service due to depreciation. Once the container is no longer being used for transporting goods around the globe they can then be used for a second purpose, whether this is self-storage or construction.
Shipping container offers a cost-effective solution for small businesses starting up to gain premises. Due to this, we have found that around the globe containers are being used to create restaurants, ice cream parlours and so much more. Bristol has even utilised storage containers to create a complex of small business who all seem to be doing extremely well. The restaurants are incredible, you easily forget you even sat within a storage container thanks to the jaw-dropping interior decoration.
The Future Of Shipping Containers
The truth is that the storage container will not be going anywhere soon. They are relied on so heavily by the shipping industry it is very unlikely that we will see these containers disappearing anytime soon. Even if storage containers are replaced within the shipping industry they will be used for construction for many years to come. Very recently a project called the launchpad opened up in Bristol. The launchpad was a project that was invented to help tackle the homeless problems within the city, by providing cost-effective living space. The containers have become so popular with the younger generation there has now become a huge demand for this form of an apartment. There would be no surprise if projects alike the launchpad start appearing across the UK and beyond.