Shipping Container Uses Range From Mineral Transportation to a Portable Tiki Bar

There are currently 17 million shipping containers in the world, of all different shapes and sizes, but only 6 million are actually in use. That means 11 million shipping containers are just sitting there, unused.

These containers can obviously be used to ship various products across oceans, like companies purchasing tungsten, an element first discovered in 1781, so they can find more conflict-free minerals, but there are plenty of other uses that are a little more creative.

Entire communities can actually be built with these unused 11 million containers used as housing units.

According to The Hill, however, even areas that are trying to turn shipping containers into homes have to battle local governments and residents to do so.

“Not in my backyard,” is the sentiment that many people are sharing who don’t want new forms of housing to come into fruition, no matter how convenient. “At the end of the day, I certainly would not want a container home next to my house,” said a member of the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission.

Despite the backlash, people are still trying to build these shipping container homes and live inside them, comfortably. Typically, a 20-foot container in good condition can cost between $1,400 and $2,800 and can result in nearly 500 square feet of livable space. Also, because these containers are air-tight, water-tight, and fire and wind resistant, they meet hurricane requirements, too, as they can sustain winds up to 175 miles per hour.

These homes can even last 100 years as long as the owner provides regular maintenance.

These shipping containers, however, can be used for more than just transporting or living inside. Over the last few years, workspaces have become smaller and smaller, and by choice. The average individual workstation has shrunk 80 square feet from 1992 to only 39 square feet thing year — that’s because individuals are looking to smaller offices like shipping containers to do their business.

According to Time Out, a portable shipping container, Marie’s Tek-Tec, will be delivering delicious drinks to the people of Long Beach, California this summer.

“It’s tiki with a Latin twist — so that means taking the Polynesian roots of the tiki cocktail and infusing as much as we can from Peru downward. We’re trying to blend the rich history of Mesoamerica — the myths, the deities, the art — into this bar,” said Robert Molina, owner of Marie’s Tek-Tec.

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