5 Ways to Repurpose a Used Steel Shipping Container

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Steel is one of the most recycled materials on the planet, and there?s no better way to recycle than to repurpose. Old shipping containers are a great product to repurpose because they are so durable, sustainable, and portable. Their versatility lends them to a number of different uses. Let?s take a look at a few.

Five Uses for an Old Steel Shipping Container

  1. Storage

    Renting a storage space can be costly. Used steel shipping containers, on the other hand, are less expensive and work well to store all kinds of things safely and securely on your own property.
  2. Businesses

    You?ve probably seen them around — steel cargo container pop up shops and portable concession stands are, well, popping up all over the country. Whether you?re opening a coffee stand, an ice cream shop, or a clothing boutique, you may want to consider a used shipping container as an alternative to a traditional brick and mortar facility. Steel shipping containers can be customized, equipped with electricity and WiFi, and even folded up and moved from one location to the next.
  3. Mobile Offices

    Lots of companies are turning old shipping containers into mobile office spaces to give their employees more room. As mentioned above, these steel containers don?t have to be plain, claustrophobic boxes; they can be customized and altered into really cool spaces with all the modern amenities.
  4. Tiny Homes

    These little houses are all the rage right now and they can be built by simply converting old steel shipping containers. The same things that make these containers ideal for offices and pop up shops are also good for making a comfortable living space. When it comes to creating a home out of a shipping container, customization is key.
  5. Play Areas

    Storage containers can be stacked, connected, and customized to make some really cool structures. In Australia, a children?s center playground was constructed out of used storage containers, and something similar was built in Las Vegas. You can build a play house, a jungle gym, or even a swimming pool out of old steel containers, providing you and your family years of safe outdoor fun.
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Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd, an investment banker, is a reporter and researcher for one of London’s leading media outlets. Formerly a trader and market maker at FTSE, she turned to media during the global recession. This website features some of her best and favourite articles, from all parts of the business world. Please let her guide you and your enterprise along the path to prosperity.