Connected Plastic for an Efficient, Sustainable World

Plastic with a digital identity can transform the supply chain, improve high-speed sortation of recyclables and provides unique, serialized identities for consumer brand traceability initiatives.

2.7T Units of plastic-based packaging will be in global circulation by 2022 (increasing at a forecasted CAGR of 2.77%)
9% Of global plastic waste is recycled
60% Of adults said they do not know how to recycle some types of plastic packaging
9/10 People said they would recycle if it were “easier”
92% Of consumers believe brands should take an active role to increase recycling

More Sustainable, Efficient Supply Chain with Connected Plastic

Manufacturers, consumer brands and retailers want to reduce plastic waste and transform plastic packaging and containers into data-rich objects for a digital supply chain. The Digimarc Platform can provide plastic with a “digital recycling passport” by enhancing plastic substrates with an unobtrusive texture embossed or etched into the plastic substrate. Digimarc can also enhance the shrink sleeve with an additional digital identity to support faster retail checkout and consumer engagement via smartphones.

A Digimarc recycling identity on plastic substrates could, for example, provide data on return and recycling rates, while industry standard identifiers, including GS1 Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), on the shrink sleeve can make checkout easier for shoppers and cashiers.

How We Do It

We have three primary methods of enhancement:

Shrink Sleeve Enhancement

In addition to the plastic substrate itself, Digimarc can become a seamless, unobtrusive element of shrink sleeves to provide a full range of consumer and operational benefits, including improved inventory management and fast retail checkout.

Digimarc for Packaging


Embossing is the process of applying pressure to a substrate, such as plastic, to create a raised image or impression. Digimarc embosses plastic with a decorative pattern that could, for example, be read by detection systems at materials recovery facilities (MRFs). Digimarc can also deboss plastic by creating a decorative indent in the substrate.

Laser Ablation

Laser ablation is a “subtractive process,” where microscopic patterns are added to a portion of the substrate where miniscule bits of plastic have been removed. Digimarc continues to develop processes to put a digital identity directly into the substrate providing, for example, each item with a serialized identity for traceability operations.


Sustainability & Recycling

Digimarc works with leading consumer brands to revolutionize plastics recycling as part of the HolyGrail 2.0 project. The Platform can improve plastic sorting rates and accuracy during recycling, improving the quality of recyclates, and ultimately diverting packaging from landfills and oceans. More broadly, the Digimarc Platform can also help retailers and consumer brands support more sustainable, safer and responsible stores and products. Digimarc can minimize product waste in the supply chain due to mislabeling errors on the inspection line, as well as reduce food waste when applied to fresh product labels.

Brand Protection

Digimarc protection on plastic, packaging and product images serves as a critical layer in a successful anticounterfeiting strategy, helping consumer brands ensure the integrity of goods while preserving their reputation in the marketplace. Digimarc can be either visually obvious (overt), or visually imperceptible (covert).


Digimarc provides unique, serialized identities on plastic via digital printing, industrial inkjet printers and laser etching techniques to support consumer brand traceability initiatives.


Digimarc on plastic substrates can contribute to greater sorting, cleaning and filling of plastic, resulting in efficiency gains that reverberate across the supply chain. Beyond the substrate itself, Digimarc on shrink sleeves also helps overcome inefficiencies and hurdles related to retail checkout, inventory management and consumer engagement.

Who We Work With

What Our Partners Say

"We are working closely with Digimarc to deliver the first enhanced thermoform plastic trays using the company’s latest advancements. The results are outstanding, regardless of the color of the plastic product or if the material is virgin or already from a recycling stream." – Nicolas Lorenz, Chief Commercial Officer, PACCOR, a leading European packaging producer

"Based on our discoveries and success in the HolyGrail 1.0 initiative, Procter & Gamble is proud to launch the first commercial products that integrate Digimarc’s technology with a focus primarily on improved detection in waste facilities and to help us meet our sustainability goals," – Gian De Belder, Technical Director, Packaging Sustainability, P&G

"Our work with Digimarc in the HolyGrail 1.0 demos and trials demonstrated the viability of the technology and the benefits this could mean to our customers. We look forward to continuing our work with Digimarc in HolyGrail 2.0 towards bringing to market the enormous potential of the technology for recycling sortation," – Oliver Lambertz, Vice President and Head of Business Development, TOMRA

Transform the Supply Chain with Connected Plastic

Plastic with a digital identity can transform the supply chain, improve high-speed sortation of recyclables and provides unique, serialized identities for consumer brand traceability initiatives.

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