On a recent morning in late September, a dozen dozen insulated shipping boxes were parked on the edge of a busy street.
As a reminder, we were on the ground floor of a building where hundreds of people were queuing for the new “Suitcase-sized” air bag in the city of Boston.
Inside, the box, with its five feet of insulated steel tubing and three feet of aluminum tubing, looked like a standard office storage unit.
In fact, it was a huge, oversized shipping container.
Inside the box was a $400-a-day, insulated shipping container made by an American company called Insulated Shipping.
The company, which has been making the containers for years, has a contract with the federal government to provide air bags for over 1.5 million people who live in Boston.
But the containers have come under scrutiny since President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets in the summer, called for a ban on the boxes.
In his tweets, Trump threatened to use tariffs on American companies making the air bags.
“We’ll be using tariffs to force companies to put their air bags in the United States.
That will be big business for the U.S.,” Trump tweeted.
Insulated shipping containers, which are the standard storage for insulated shipping, have become popular because they are inexpensive to produce.
But their popularity is also a sign of things to come.
Insulation containers will become a major part of the world’s transportation system in the years ahead.
They are also a key ingredient for many new materials and products, such as the insulation used to make solar panels, according to an MIT report.
Insulating materials like this are increasingly being used to help build a wide range of products, including the air bag that’s now being used by hundreds of thousands of people across the U