One for paper ephemera collectors.
Attention is rightly paid to the environmental costs of shipping goods around the planet (we could of course make drastic inroads into this problem if we all stopped hiving off production to distant places just to get stuff cheap). It’s not particularly new either, as the sticker on some albums I found the other week in a charity shop shows. These were all on Deutsche Grammophon label albums which still had their shrink-wrap, to which were affixed the stickers below.
So we had albums being pressed in Germany, transported by air to Canada via a Dutch airline, and then somehow coming back to the UK! It is the first time I’ve seen this sort of sponsored freight sticker on a record. I picked the albums up as they had great sleeves anyway, and will feature them anon (they are now detailed on the site under Festival of Hits). And yes of course I took the shrinkwrap off (it can start to, um, shrink over time and bend the covers) but saved the stickers.