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Cool Ways to Upcycle Shipping Containers

There are literally tens of thousands of unwanted shipping containers piling up around the world. They are a direct reflection of globalization where it is cheaper to import than to manufacture. And, unfortunately, it often costs more to ship an empty container back to its port of origin than the container is worth.

In some port cities, container stacks are becoming an urban nightmare. This is a huge environmental issue, as these shipping containers can take up a lot of space in landfills.

This has led to a massive problem with container waste, as many of these shipping containers are simply abandoned once they are no longer needed.

Stacked containers looking for a home…
Stacked containers looking for a home…

It is important to find a way to recycle or reuse these containers so that they do not end up causing more harm than good.

While few would suggest that a container is a thing of beauty, it’s amazing what a little imagination and effort can achieve. With a little creativity, containers can be transformed into stunning works of art that are sure to impress.

Local government restrictions are the biggest challenge container homeowners face. Many cities have laws that prohibit people from living in shipping containers, so it can be difficult to find a place to put your container home. Even if you do find a place to put it, you may have to get a special permit or variances from the city.

There is a pervasive perception that neighbourhoods are littered with rusting, lop-sided containers. This is due to the fact that many people do not properly dispose of their garbage, resulting in unsightly and potentially hazardous conditions.

We have collected pictures of how some of these shipping containers were upcycled! The gallery here will hopefully inspire you to take up the cause of container living, even if you have no desire to live in one yourself!

Click on any image to start the lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer  😎

You’ll find the full details of these recycled shipping containers here:


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