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PACT Outdoors Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New” Award

The PACT Kit and mycelium solution are recognized as the top innovations in the Outdoor Industry in 2021.

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Crested Butte, Colo. (Nov. 30, 2021) – PACT Outdoors, announced they have received the “Best of What’s New” Award from Popular Science in the Sports & Outdoors category for their creation of the first all-in-one bathroom kit designed specifically for the outdoors. The PACT Kit aims to make bathroom practice easier for users and more sustainable with a technology borrowed directly from nature: mycelium.


Each year, since 1988, the editors of Popular Science have reviewed thousands of products, searching for the top 100 breakthrough technologies that represent significant advancements across 10 categories.


“The Best of What’s New Awards celebrates the year’s greatest feats of human ingenuity—the steps towards safer, healthier, more-sustainable, and happier days ahead,” says Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Corinne Iozzio. “Despite the supply chain challenges making headlines in 2021, breakthroughs across all our categories have helped us glimpse a future brimming with possibilities. This collection, which includes everything from an artificial intelligence mapping more-efficient airline routes to mountain-bike shocks that adjust themselves on the fly, is full of items we’re proud to dub the Best of What’s New.”


A key innovation within the Kit is PACT Tabs, which use a species of mycelium to decompose human waste in the ground up to 10x faster; kill harmful bacteria that can endanger wildlife, pets and our waterways; all while improving the bioavailability of soil. Users simply deposit three PACT Tabs into the hole with their poop, fill with dirt and let nature do the rest.


The PACT Kit also introduced dehydrated, compressed wipes, known as PACT Wipes, each about the size of a bottle cap that unfold into a 9” towel with a squirt of water. When buried with mycelium, PACT Wipes accelerate the rate of decomposition and mycelium’s ability to neutralize harmful pathogens even further.


“It’s really validating to receive Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” award. We’re amazed by all the different communities that are adopting PACT’s solution: outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, guide and outfitter services, outdoor advocacy groups as well as the scientific community,” said PACT Co-Founder, Noah Schum.


The PACT kit is appropriate for all situations where burying poop is an approved practice. The all-in-one kit includes:

  • Shovel: Lightweight and ergonomic for digging optimal 6-8” deep holes
  • PACT Wipes: Compressed, dehydrated wipes that expand from bottle cap-size to full 9” wipes with just a small amount of water
  • PACT Tabs: Mycelium tablets work with the wipes in the ground to break down poop
  • Hand Sanitizer: Made with organic, biodynamically grown botanicals in Colorado


The PACT Kit is ready for adventure in a compact, durable case complete with an internal storage pocket for additional toiletry supplies, period products and a washable trash bag for packing trash out. Its packable size is a seamless addition to toiletry essentials for backpacking, hiking, dispersed camping, hunting, fly fishing or any extended outdoor visit where nature inevitably calls.


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About PACT:

PACT Outdoors is the creator of award-winning all-in-one bathroom kits for outdoor adventures. Designed in the mountains and tested in all environments, their kits reinvent the backcountry bathroom experience with a unique species of mycelium that breaks down human waste faster while reducing pathogens. PACT Outdoors is headquartered in Crested Butte, Colorado. For more information, visit: