So, it was low tide--which is actually the best time for Beach litter pick-up. It is easy to spot items that might hurt unsuspecting, vulnerable feet. I spotted a bottle partially sticking up out of the sand-muck. After extracting it I found it was a bottle of perfume. I put it in my bag and continued along my way.
Arriving home, I carefully washed the bottle and discovered it was a bottle of Chloe. The cap seems to have glued itself firmly to the bottle after who knows how long in the sand and water. I do not want to break it, so I haven't opened it.
It is easy to look at the bottle and get my imagination going (as if I needed any help:-) ). Did a woman drop it from her bag while on a boat trip? Did the bottle survive the destruction of Hurricane Katrina? Was it perhaps mixed in with the debris from destroyed homes and stores. Who knows? It is like a message in a bottle without the message.
I told the story at perfume specialty site and received interesting responses. I am thinking of putting it on ebay a ridiculous price of maybe: $5,000.00 . If it sells I will use 10 to 25% to buy Pro-Litter Pick-up items such as buttons, arm bands and visors with messages like: "Be a PAL. Pick-Up and maybe use a logo with a trash receptacle and someone using it properly. I would then give them away on my litter pick-up adventures.
I believe that there will be less litter if folks have visual reminders. Many people don't seem to see the sand colored receptacles on our beach. They do notice when I am picking up, though. Many people have walked up to me to "thank me". I do not really need or seek appreciation, I just want other people to pick-up, too--but first and foremost "Leave No Trace" themselves.