A bottle is a portable container for holding liquids, usually having a neck and mouth, often made of glass or plastic. It is a type of packaging for beverages such as water, soft drinks, milk, oil, motor fluid, cleaning products, medicine, and shampoo, as well as some industrial and household liquids such as paint, ink, and solvents. Bottles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and may be coloured to distinguish between different products or brands.
In recent decades, plastic bottles have become the predominant form of bottled beverage. They are used for almost all liquids, including water, soft drinks, oil, and cooking oil, as well as many pharmaceutical and household chemicals. Plastic bottles are also used for carbonated drinks, such as beer and soda. These types of bottles are typically made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polycarbonate, or high density polyethylene (HDPE). PET accounts for 78.8 percent of all plastic water bottles, followed by HDPE at 12 percent and polycarbonate at 4.4 percent.
The bottle is a key symbol of the modern era of convenience, as it provides an easy and safe method for people to store and transport food and drinks. The development of plastics for bottles enabled many items that were once only available from a store shelf to be sold in large quantities at lower prices. It has been estimated that more than 34 billion bottles of water were purchased in the United States in 2015. The vast majority of these went to waste, littered or thrown in landfills.
Bottle episode is a term that has recently gained popularity on television discussion sites, such as TV Tropes and Community. It is used to refer to episodes that feature more limited production values than a show’s usual episode. This may include fewer main cast members, less elaborate costumes, or filming in a small, contained space. It may also be filmed over a shorter period of time than a regular episode.
There is no formal definition of a bottle episode, but there are a few guidelines that can be used to determine whether an episode fits the description. For example, Girls’ “One Man’s Trash” from season two has been called a bottle episode because it only features one main cast member and takes place on the apartment set that the show normally uses. This makes it cheaper and faster to shoot than other episodes, which is one of the bottle episode’s stated purposes. Another example is Succession’s “Honeymoon States,” which has a small amount of outdoor shooting and takes place in the standing set of Logan’s apartment. However, it still has a cast of extras and guest stars, so isn’t entirely clear-cut. This is why it is important to use caution when defining bottle episodes.