Its no accident that countries like Japan and China are already living in small scale homes the fact is the big cities land prices have grown rapidly while many salaries remained stagnant. The fact is we are looking at a world population that is globally growing at an extremely rapid rate which is putting stress and demands on everything around the planet.
Shipping container homes as a box may seem an unworkable living space to many right now but after living in the Philippines I see many people who would be more than happy to live inside a shipping container compared to what they have and this is one of the things we are slowly losing “choice”. Fact is prices are still well above what a sustainable market can afford for housing in the West and its not always about being crammed in like sardines its also about the fact cost of living has increased dramatically in the U.S. while its seeing its unemployment rising rapidly as well. Even with land mass your still talking a lot of money for a small parcel of land meaning that shipping container homes could be the future of the wise investor well aware that many people still want the myth of the “American dream” while them themselves decide to go minimalistic renting out their home or using investment capital to gain income themselves instead of buying a larger home that rapidly becomes a money pit and a drain on finances.
You do have to wonder why so many places have strict building codes against such developments but then again its pretty obvious why you introduce so many requirements for everything these days right down to international procedures and even having a process in place gets a gold star once audited. Its all about giving away control to the bigger players in the game who can afford to waste money on all this wasteful legislation a typical example is the new light bulbs that come with a fitment that isn’t standard and extremely expensive in comparison to standard light bulbs. Does it save energy? maybe but when you can buy a cheap bulb for less than £1 in the UK and these bulbs are costing nearly £20 as well as needing specialist disposal where is the environment benefiting as well as our cash flow being wasted? Its all about taking opportunity away and introducing the corporate single way of life riddling us with debt and a fake belief in that its normal to always be owing money to others when in the past debt was seen as a bad thing. I remember looking back at the 50s and 60s in the UK credit was difficult to come by and often people only used it as a last resort often by pawn shops. It was a shameful thing to be in debt while today the reverse has happened.
Its for this reason as well as many others I can see shipping container homes being the way forward as the way to beat the banks and debt are to find ways to make container living more conventional and acceptable. Small box living is a cheap and cost affective way of reversing fortune from debt to being in credit by being able to slam university debt or other costs previously incurred as the square footage of a small home is a tiny footprint that is also stackable to maximise square footage in the smallest of floor areas. Giving the rise to multiple homes in the same land slot.
The relative to this and shipping containers is were are seeing severe turmoil in the shipping fleets right now as they are being forced into bankruptcy or downsizing as the global markets change and Western demand reduces. The International Transport Workers Federation said it would support taxes on bunker fuel and vessel emissions as a way to pay for air pollution reduction efforts. For me I ask what have the “taxes” we have already paid and regularly pay done so far? In the UK we have multiple taxes on cars yet no effort is made to reduce the emissions in a sensible way. If anything its only used as an excuse to get more money from tax payers. Adding another tax onto ships just adds it on to the end consumer.
The belief being that these taxes would help developing countries fight poverty and climate change. I live in one of these corrupt banana republics and the fact is aid has stalled development for decades because it blocks rebellion. The UK government for example are well aware that getting the current financial system wrong will lead to rioting and a forcing out of the current politicians. Here in the Philippines, doesn’t exist there is a constant stream of cash coming in from abroad from overseas workers, NGOs and charities to keep a false state of security and hope. Stagnant but bleeds money from the West has it fixed the problem? no its kept the same regime in power and no doubt for the benefit of private companies over that of nations.
You see when I hear about things like a “green climate” fund and all this ideal world and healing it there is no depth to it. In reality there has been no leaps in nations developments simply because the governments are corrupt and civil wars. The reality is they don’t want development unless they control it at which point Billions disappear into private bank accounts and sent overseas.
The ITF are a typical example of either living outside of reality or in fact looking to ride the gravy train of so called change. We have employed thousands of people worldwide with sorting out the climate but how many have produced anything of value? Everyone wants to tax us but nobody seems to offer a solution just a hand out for a pay cheque.
“Negotiations are at a complete standstill – despite us being in a situation where emissions are still rising, the forecasts are becoming increasingly grave, and extraordinary weather conditions are destroying jobs, homes and peoples’ lives,” said Alana Dave, ITF climate change coordinator.
There are more jobs lost due to the economic turndown and in reality these jobs have been recreated in the East due to the greed of the corporate world wanting to produce things cheaply sacrificing Western workers for Eastern. If anything corporations needed to be heavily taxed on any of their imports that “could” be made at home. Its not rocket science if something can be produced at the same quality or better in a home country it should be highlighted as the one to buy over ones transported thousands of miles. Taxing ships makes no difference to trade whatsoever but taxing the businesses that have encouraged the exodus of business could be simply by reducing the distance travelled by goods. No extra revenue needed from you or me and at the same time generates jobs locally.
I apologise for this on containerliving.net but often I feel the world has gone mad with things. I hear people talking about they’re rights in a selfish manner as if they have the right to destroy something because it benefits them. In reality the planet is changing and nobody is sure why completely, the fact is though I have lived in the UK and seen tax after tax introduced for environmental reasons yet nothing changes. The fact is I am happy to live in a “box” a shipping container home and downsize everything which even in the global crisis pretty much can show if done how it makes very little difference to ones life if everything is put in balance. The fact is Western land is overpriced in many regions causing the cycle of debt and homelessness. Changing from a consumer world to a world that can tell the differences between want and need would really change the environment we live in. Education is more important than anything else these days.
Here in the Philippines there is always a shortage of budget accommodation. Everyone is aiming for the market of around P8,000+ per month rental yet the average worker is earning less than that. Looking for accommodation in the region of P800 – P1,500 a month. Maybe cheap but doesn’t mean they are a bum often they are working away from home and just need someone to rest,wash and eat. People that work in the malls etc are a typical example of people needing accommodation on the cheap. These pop up shipping containers could make an ideal solution as the 20ft you see in the video is suitable for 2 x bunk rooms in real terms P4,000 a month income if at full capacity. The technology in this may seem a bit complicated but often the issue here in the Philippines is transportation costs. If you can stack these units in 4 it would save me P15,000 just in transportation of the truck that could normally only carry one. I can see these being useful for many things including temporary accommodation for festivals where often people are willing to pay over the odds for a little bit of luxury. Great idea and well put together by Flexotel.