Ocean-bound shipping containers are an often-overlooked source of CO2 emissions — over 90% of all non-bulk cargo carried worldwide arrives in containers, and many of them are sent back empty. Enter the innovative Cargoshell collapsible shipping container, which can drastically cut emissions on return trips by collapsing to a quarter of its full size.

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The Cargoshell, which is manufactured by a Dutch firm of the same name, takes just 30 seconds to fold and unfold. The shipping container is made of a composite material that weighs 25% less than standard shipping containers, lightening its carbon footprint even further.

There’s just one problem: the container costs three times as much as steel shipping containers. But there are still a number of advantages. The Cargoshell material doesn’t corrode, it’s easy to clean, and it provides excellent insulation. And if we ever decide to replace the world’s steel shipping containers with the Cargoshell, it would cut down on 10,000 trips across the ocean each year.

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Via Environmental Leader