A couple weeks ago friends from New Mexico mailed us a package with various goodies that we have since enjoyed. In addition to those items I also enjoyed the packing material they used; crinkled-up copies of the 'Albuquerque Journal'. They had used the local newspaper as box filler and I carefully unfolded and smoothed out each page so I could then leisurely read them.
This may seem like an unusual item but it can be a simple pleasure to read some local news from far away. At least the newspaper can be recycled into the bin down the street where the usual “pop-corn” and bubble wrap ends up going into the trash.