Cargo logistics and transportation of goods amongst the global village is a multimillion dollar industry and comes under a multitude of criticism for lack of green practices. However Eco Freight Containers are looking to change all of that with some simple changes in materials and the food source of Panda’s may make the industry a friendlier to the environment. Whether you are sending air freight Johannesburg or sending cargo along the South African coastline, packaging is an integral part of the process that ensures the safety of your freight container packages, but at what cost? Companies such as Blue Sky Intermodal are changing that, with their use of bamboo instead of wood inside containers.
Bamboo has been used in construction for years. This strong, durable and natural material has been the backbone of the Asian scaffolding industry due to its ability to sustain consistent weight without buckling and snapping under duress. However in the shipping and freight container industry, its appeal is in its eco-friendly properties being its fast growth in relation to wood. The industry standard wood currently used in the freight container industry is Apitong wood, which takes up to 60 years to reach the maturity needed to be used for containers. Bamboo can be matured and ready for production in 4 to 5 years, therefore a far more sustainable material from an ecological point of view. Only found in one particular area of the world, Apitong wood has been shown to have amazing waterproofing and strength properties making it the favoured choice for sea freight containers, but bamboo is showing that it has similar properties and is being viewed as a cheaper and greener solution.
Companies are already starting to invest heavily in the new bamboo freight container solutions. Industry leaders are seeing this as the way forward with thousands of units already being tested on open waters. Bamboo is looking to outperform in both technical and ecological factors in comparison to its compatriot and perhaps this new freight container solution will save both the industries pockets and our forests.