Simple plastic cups like these have a surprisingly low environmental impact. Firstly, they are manufactured with the minimum amount of plastic, and are designed to store and transport in the most efficient way possible with as many as 72,000 on a single pallet. Secondly, as a source of relatively clean plastic of a single type, used plastic cups are welcomed for recycling. Cup collection bins are readily available and this makes it easier than ever to complete the cycle. For more information, please see our article Environmentally Friendly Options for Plastic Glasses.
As an additional benefit, they can be printed in-line at the point of manufacture. The net result is a low cost-high value physical advertising medium with tremendous reach.