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Going Green with Storage Containers

Mobile Mini offers a wide range of portable storage and office products with an assortment of features, such as proprietary security systems, multiple door options and over 100 different configuration options. These portable units provide storage and office space solutions to customers in 135 locations in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Canada. These customers include retailers, hotels, construction companies, schools, medical centers and more.

Recently, Mobile Mini’s green business practices were certified by industry organization Green Business Bureau, which assesses and provides certification for businesses that follow environmentally responsible practices. Among the various “green” attributes noted by GBB in Mobile Mini’s storage container business practices are:

  • Reused containers after life (previously used in shipping)
  • Recycled containers when no longer used (steel melted down)
  • Storage containers help replace permanent physical structures (which required heating and cooling)
  • The use of on-site storage containers lessens gasoline and auto use for transportation back and forth to storage areas.

These facets of our business demonstrate our company’s commitment to sustainability and green energy consumption. And when we talk to clients, we emphasize the environmental benefits that they can achieve through using storage containers. It’s often a win-win for both the products we provide and the clients’ needs for inventory storage, equipment security, paperwork control and more.

Common Environmental Goals

“Going green” has become an extensively used term in the past decade. The best overall definition for “going green” means to be committed to greatly reducing the overall environmental “footprint” left from your business. In other words, green businesses adopt principles and strategies that work to improve the quality of life for their customers, employees, communities, and the environment.
All of us have a huge impact on the environment. From the moment we wake up and take long, hot showers (with far more gallons of water than is necessary) to driving emission-spewing automobiles, many of our daily actions have an environmental impact. We continuously use the Earth’s resources, often in overabundance that irreversibly damages the environment.

  • Reduce Energy: Work to improve efficiency and reduce consumption across the board.
  • Recycled Materials: Use sustainable, recycled materials and eliminate waste.
  • Environmental Assurance: Comply with environmental regulations (if you aren’t already).
  • Smart Purchasing: Buy green products and services to help support the green community.

Big Manufacturers Can Go Green, Too

The Industrial Manufacturing sector represents over a third of total energy consumption in the US, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Because of this, large manufacturers should heed some of the environmental principles noted above to add a level of sustainability to their businesses for future energy solutions.
Going green can benefit a manufacturing company in key ways.

Going green establishes a brand as a leader in the industry, showing that they are ready to take on new challenges while considering efficiency, safety, and the environment.
One effect of companies going green is that insurance companies are offering them better rates due to the company’s environmental practices. Another effect is that local governments are issuing tax breaks for manufacturing companies that take steps to go green. Increasingly, too, more machinery is being produced that is more environmentally friendly. And other companies are finding that costs-savings can be substantial with environmentally-minded tweaks to their business operations or buying practices.
Mobile Mini is excited about its early steps in being environmentally certified by the GBB. With increased use of storage containers in the coming years, we hope to find new ways to bring about even more green efficiency in our business.