First episode: the box gets painted
It is hard to believe, but fifty years ago if you brought a load of stuff from Japan by ship, a bunch of longshoremen would be carrying it out of the ships by hand. It could take a week to unload a freighter. The shipping container changed everything and for better or worse, made globalism possible.
The BBC has followed one around the world and tells "the stories behind the goods inside, those who make them, and how they travel to consumers."
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via Mark at BoingBoing
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