Shipping container homes are taking the world by storm with their uniqueness and charm, but beyond the aesthetics they have many benefits, one of the most important being how good they are for the environment.
Read on to find out some of the advantages of shipping container homes, and how they are changing the world for the better.
Reusing Old Containers
Firstly, a container home means repurposing old shipping containers. Often, once shipping containers are too old or don’t work as they should anymore, they’re left to rot, but reusing them as homes means giving them a new life and purpose. This not only makes use of already existing containers but also reduces the number of materials used in construction – as the main structure comes pre-built. It’s also pretty endearing to know that your home has travelled around the world before settling with you
Reducing Your Waste
Another reason to consider a shipping container house is that they’re great for reducing your waste in two ways. Firstly, due to their smaller size, it means you need to be minimal in what you put in your home – not everything is going to fit. This means no more buying things that are unnecessary. They also reduce your waste in terms of energy – you won’t have space for all the electronic gadgets that buzz up the modern world. Instead, it’s just you and nature, meaning you cut out the wasted energy for things like a dishwasher (instead, hand wash dishes) for example. This is great in reducing fossil fuel usage and keeping the earth’s atmosphere clean and green. Ditching some of your technology also has many different benefits for you, both physically and mentally, meaning it’ll give you a clearer, less clouded mind.
Implementing Renewable Energy
Due to the size of a shipping container home, they’re also a lot easier to power with renewable energy, as well as much cheaper than a regular home. You’ll only need a few solar panels, and they’ll be able to fuel you for as long as you need – plus, they’re easily positioned on the roof or outside as you’re likely to have a lot of free space. It’s actually easier to do this than to use fossil fuels, meaning you can easily save the environment by preventing releasing greenhouse gases and other nasty substances, such as carbon monoxide.
Other Green Ideas
Shipping container homes are the perfect setup for helping you save the environment in other ways. Usually, they’re positioned in nature – this means you can easily make space for things like a vegetable garden, saving you money and reducing the demand for it, not only reducing food waste but also reducing the fuel needed to transport vegetables from overseas. You can also easily put other things into places, such as rainwater collection (this is perfect for watering the vegetable garden), compost heaps and recycling bins, making it easy for you to access green tools to help save the environment.
With more people investing in this kind of development, the world is becoming a greener place, and they are setting the scene for innovative and new ways of tackling the climate emergency.