Today’s Solutions: May 24, 2022

Earlier this summer, we shared a story about the “Airbnb of pools,” but what if that rented pool was also made out of a recycled shipping container? This is the vision of Modpools. Conceptualized by Paul Rathnam, Modpools turns old shipping containers into convenient, sustainable, and efficient home swimming pools.

Unfortunately, most shipping containers are not reused once they make a voyage across the sea. The US just doesn’t have much to export to other countries and nobody wants to pay to send empty containers back, so most end up rusting in landfills. Enticed by the idea of having a home swimming pool for his kids to use, Vancouver-based Rathnam decided to experiment with converting something that would otherwise be discarded into a summer of backyard fun. After a few successful prototypes, Modpools was born to scale up the idea.

The company uses a modular approach to build the pools. They source the cleanest and most dent-free containers from shipping companies and cut them down to a customized size and shape. Then, the completed form is taken to a home for installation. As reported by FastCompany, the company has made pools of all shapes and sizes including models with infinity edges, window features, and even attached hot tubs.

Rathnam has been in the container conversion business since 2017 and today, his pools can be found across the US and Canada. So far, there are 800 Modpools installed in North America. The pandemic has only ramped up demands for home swimming pools, and although shipping containers are more difficult to source due to reduced industry activity, this past year has been their busiest yet.

Image source: Modpools

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

How the Belize Barrier Reef is coming back to life

When Hurricane Iris hit Belize in 2001, it ravaged almost all of the country’s coral reefs. The devastation signaled bad news not only for the surrounding marine life but also for the local communities who ... Read More

Redwoods grow new leaves to adapt to drought

We’re doing a lot to adapt to climate change, from creating tree cities and sponge cities to speeding up the schedule for renewable energy. As it turns out, though, humans aren’t the only ones getting ... Read More

OnePower: bringing minigrids and power to Lesotho

A key aspect of helping the developing world is not only ensuring that they have sufficient power and infrastructure to run key facilities like schools and hospitals. It is also important to ensure that their ... Read More

Active UK professional footballer comes out as gay—the first in 30 years

Earlier this month, 17-year-old Jake Daniels, a forward for Blackpool FC in England’s second tier, came out publicly as gay in a statement released by the club. According to the British LGBTQ advocacy group Stonewall, ... Read More

Flow batteries could help with renewable energy storage

The generation of renewable energy from sources like wind and solar is one thing, but there are many other factors to consider when delivering renewable energy to consumers. A big one is the issue of ... Read More

Don’t let ADHD prevent you from meditating. Here are 8 tips for mindful...

We’ve written quite often about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, but we also recognize that it is sometimes a difficult practice to get into. Meditation is an active process that trains the brain to ... Read More