Thousands of items have been shipped to Frieze London and Frieze Masters from around the world—but how these works are transported, and at what cost, remains something of a trade secret.

Now, as public awareness of the environmental impact of packaging increases, a growing number of firms, from start-ups to established shipping companies, are aiming to combat the problem of waste in the art transport industry.

“I see cases getting dumped and thrown away all the time. It’s simply more economical for the client to bin the case and get a new one built, rather than paying for storage,” says a London-based art professional who asked to remain anonymous. “The amount of waste is disgusting.” For many, the non- recyclable foam used in traditional crates is a particular concern. Read more