Shipping Container Farms

Shipping Container Farms

The solution to a food desert is a hydroponic farm.  There is a lot of talk about food deserts and the inability to get fresh, affordable foods into some areas of the country. Inner cities are often considered a food desert area.  Because of the lack of larger grocery stores in cities, fresh foods are not as available. Having access to healthier foods improves the overall health of a community.

One of the ways that food deserts can be combated is by creating shipping container farms. Shipping containers easily convert into hydroponic growing areas that can be used year-round.

Shipping Container Hydroponic Farms

Using shipping containers to create a hydroponic farm is environmentally beneficial. To start, you are repurposing a container instead of allowing it to sit empty or enter a landfill. When you set up a hydroponic system, you are no longer stripping the soil of nutrients or overburdening the soil. Since these containers create a controlled environment setting, you will not need to use any type of pesticides to protect your crops.

Additional benefits of creating shipping container farms include:

  • Portability. You can place a shipping container anywhere there is a flat piece of ground.  This includes empty lots in a city setting.
  • You can move these containers at any time it is necessary and use them immediately in the new location.
  • Climate controlled. The containers are climate controlled.  This allows for year-round growing and higher yields with each crop.
  • Harvesting is easier and does not require large equipment to complete.
  • Helps conserve water due to being an enclosed system.
  • Can grow fruit, vegetables, or even farm fish in these containers.  This creates a fresh food source for any area.
  • A 20-foot shipping container can yield the same crops as 1 acre of land.

Everything used in the containers is environmentally friendly, including using LED lights and insulation to help regulate power usage.

hydroponic farms produce a bounty of vegetables

Portables 360 Builds Containers That Are Used For Hydroponic Farms

When you are thinking about creating a hydroponic farm, Portables 360 will help convert any sized shipping container into your growing center. We install lighting, shelving, and water systems.  Call us for whatever else you need to start your farming container.

Several companies have already begun to use shipping containers to grow crops in city settings. The success they are experiencing is amazing. It is very encouraging!  Soon, the term food desert will be something of the past.

 

Temperature Sensitive Chemical Storage

Temperature Sensitive Chemical Storage

Proper chemical storage is vital.  Chemicals are used in different applications each day. Things you may not even think of as a chemical, such as cans of paint, must be stored properly.  Storing chemicals properly prevents accidents.  In addition, the product will be safe. If a chemical is a stable compound, the plastic bottle that it is in must be kept in a temperature-controlled setting.  In this way, the bottle does not deteriorate and crack.  Correct chemical storage also prevents spills.

Improper storage of chemicals leads to dangerous situations. When stored improperly, chemicals become unstable and lead to explosions.  Noxious fumes leak.  There are many serious issues for people as well as the environment. The only solution is to have proper temperature-controlled chemical storage in place.

The Solution For Chemical Storage

Portables 360 has the solution for your chemical storage needs.  We provide converted shipping containers. We convert a shipping container into the perfect temperature-controlled storage for your chemicals.  Many benefits exist when using a converted shipping container for your cold storage.

  • Our cold storage units maintain a temperature of -30F to +70F. These units are very popular with the food industry.  They meet all the temperature control requirements to store food safely.
  • A single walk-in door is located at the end of the trailer. This keeps the temperature steady.
  • The flooring in the container is aluminum T-flooring.  This allows for efficient air delivery and easy to clean.  Additionally, the metal helps keep the interior cold.
  • Have the container designed to sit flat on the ground or at dock level.
  • Containers are equipped with a 50′ power cord.  They require three phase 208v or 440v to power up.
  • If you move your business, you can take the storage container with you. Storage containers are easily transported using a semi-truck.
    Portables 360 will deliver your container once it has been prepared and customized to your needs.

Do you need to safely store chemicals for a short time? In addition to selling customized shipping containers, Portables 360 offers short and long-term rental options on refrigerated containers.

Finding the right storage solutions for your chemicals is necessary for safety and protecting the products from loss. Portables 360 can customize your shipping container to accommodate any cold storage needs.

 

7 Uses for Storage Containers

7 Uses for Storage Containers

Following are 7 storage container uses as well as why Portables 360 has your solution for storage!  At some point, every business discovers that they need storage space. Their business is expanding.  They need to increase inventory and need space to store equipment when it is not in use. Whatever the reason, businesses always need a storage area.

So what is the solution? Do you move your business to a new location? Construct a new building or add on to your location? Pay to have offsite storage space? Portables 360 recommends converting a portable shipping container into your new storage space.

Shipping containers provide the following benefits:

  • 320 square feet of secured storage space
  • Easy to customize for your needs
  • Quick solution for storage space – no long waits for construction
  • Very affordable

Storage container use has increased significantly in the last few years.  More people are seeking ways to repurpose storage containers. Portables 360 outlines seven creative storage container uses that may help your company.

Popular Uses for Storage Containers

1. Mobile Repair Shop

Equipment breaks.  This is a fact for any construction company. Create a mobile repair and welding shop for your construction sites.  Added benefit:  it’s portable!   Easily have on-site repairs. Your storage container will have 220v power capabilities and a generator hook-up.

2. Landscape Company Storage and Office Space

One of our most popular storage container uses is for landscaping companies. Partition your storage container to create a place to store equipment.  In addition, have a nice office space.

3. Compartmentalized Storage

Make up to four compartments in a 20-foot storage container. Each of these compartments has its own access door. This allows businesses to distinguish what is stored in the container as well as who has access.

4. Dry Goods Storage – Climate Controlled

Canned goods and dry goods should be stored at a temperature between 50 and 70 degrees. This temperature setting helps extend the shelf life of your products. You can have your container customized for temperature control and special shelving installed for the ultimate storage area.

5. Climate Controlled Garage Area

Another popular storage container use is creating a climate-controlled garage area for specialty vehicles. Many racing teams find that these containers are perfect for storing and working on their vehicles.

6. Business Records Storage

Several businesses are required to keep records on-site instead of sending them to storage. Create a spacious and organized area for keeping your records on-site without having to take up valuable space in your office.  In addition, save money!

7. School Sports Equipment

Schools often find that they have limited space when it comes to storing sports equipment. Storing equipment off-season or storing other necessary items in a storage container is a cost-effective way to free up space in the school buildings while retaining quick access.

If you need additional storage space, Portables 360 has the solution. Contact one of our knowledgeable staff members to discover how we can customize a shipping container for your needs.

 

Easy Access Side Doors for Shipping Containers

Easy Access Side Doors for Shipping Containers

Side doors make for easy access to shipping containers.  When you decide on custom features to have installed in your shipping container, one of the most popular features to consider are side doors. Shipping containers have a single entrance door at the end of the container that is perfect for moving large equipment or boxes in and out of, but a side door will make it much easier for foot traffic to enter and leave the container.

Side Doors Are Available In A Variety of Styles

Having a side entrance to your shipping container is an added convenience for you and your business. Keep the large cargo doors secured at all times.  Only open them when you need to move large equipment or boxes. This helps enhance security. Then, you and your employees access the interior via the side door which easily opens and closes for security.

Choose from the following styles of shipping container side doors based on your company needs:

Single Door – This is perfect for entering and exiting the container when just one or two people are using the container at a time.

Double Door – If you have a lot of foot traffic in and out of the container, such as an office setting, you may want to place double doors on the side to use as an entrance and exit. This helps improve flow and prevent accidents from happening.

Doors with Windows. This preference is a great option for natural lighting.  Use of a window helps anyone working inside have visual contact with who is entering the container.

Roll Up Doors. These doors have practical use on the side of a container when you move a lot of smaller equipment and boxes in and out of the container and don’t want the hindrance of opening and closing a regular sized door.

Shipping Container Side Doors Improve Workflow and Reduce Stress

It may not seem like a “big deal” at first, the thought of entering and exiting the container through the original cargo doors. But it does not take long to discover that it can get stressful and tiring continually opening and closing these heavy doors every time you need access to the container. This is especially true if you are only going in for one or two small things.

The cargo doors were originally designed to be heavy to remain secure while traveling long distances by ship and train. While this is very beneficial to people who use repurposed shipping containers, it also can become a burden. This is why Portables 360 encourages all of its clients to consider a type of side door for their custom shipping container if people will be entering and exiting the unit throughout the day.