Business Information
Name of Organization: 
Zoom Out Mycology
Organization Type: 
Business Description: 
Zoom Out Mycology is an organization dedicated to making a sustainable lifestyle accessible to the most at risk groups of people -including women and youth- of urban environments regarding climate change. We’re all about supporting biodiversity on all scales in the environment. We aim to inspire and spark interests in nature, science, and conscientiousness. We recognize the birthright of each individual to be a global citizen and responsibility to leave something worthwhile behind for the next generation. Zoom Out is an educational and action oriented organization and we work with adults and young adults of all skill levels and backgrounds to help make urban environments more sustainable.
Contact Person: 
Bashira Muhammad
Founder and owner
Business Location: 
107 Hansbury Ave
07112 Newark , NJ
United States
40° 42' 17.1324" N, 74° 12' 52.83" W
Number of Employees: 
Membership Date: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Environmental Restoration Project
Description of Action: 
Mycogardens contribute to soil restoration and we are now on to our fifth soil restoration project this year. We have consulted Kean University’s Liberty Hall Farm on growing mushrooms and we are creating a new mycogarden in Newark, NJ in September of 2017. In the summer, we offer a sustainability leadership training with two tracks. Track 1 has a personal development focus and track 2 has an environmental development focus. Both trainings include mycogardening and meditation components.
Waste Other
Description of Action: 
To kickstart zero waste living ZOM is giving out bamboo straws, so far donating 50+ straws to NJ residents.
Waste Recycling
Description of Action: 
ZOM is committed to recycling and minimizing all business waste. We recycle by not creating waste in the first place. With the exception of our technology needs for research purposes (i.e. soil testing equipment and laptops) we use secondhand materials for everything we do. We use minimal (& no single-use) plastic and recycle about 5 pounds of glass bottles and paper combined per week. This equates to about 260 pounds of plastic and paper, per year.
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Waste Reduction
Description of Action: 
ZOM strives to be plastic free so we use no single-use plastics for business purposes. We recognize the role that food waste plays in contributing to climate change and advocate for plant-based living. We offer workshops and programs around the community that help you gradually make these lifestyle changes. Our presentations can be held in a wide variety of settings and we have a free monthly presentation during the lunch hour at Whole Foods. Come join us to find out about waste and consumption, how they relate to the environment, and how we can all work together to spread the awareness throughout New Jersey. Link to website:
Waste Reuse
Description of Action: 
ZOM grows mushrooms on waste-products like used cardboard which saves hundreds of dollars and saves immeasurable amounts of forest and wildlife by not clearcutting temperate and tropical forests for agriculture. Mycogardening uses “waste” products like sustainably harvested logs from local forests or locally sourced woodchips. Mycogardens contribute to soil restoration and we are now on to our fifth soil restoration project this year. We cultivate mushrooms using cardboard, logs and woodchips on our experimental farm in Oregon and have diverted at least 100 boxes of cardboard from entering landfills, and saving energy costs, our carbon footprint from reduced transportation of woodchips and logs.
Develop Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Plan
Description of Action: 
We go into the forests we’ve sourced logs from, plant trees in many different parts of the world and know the people who cut down our trees. The trees we take down are usually causing issues of encroachment or other forest management issues so we bring home that product for secondary use.
Provide Environmentally Preferable Products Services
Description of Action: 
ZOM provides resources to the general public through its environmental awareness blogging. Our blog can be used by anyone looking to stay informed on environmental happenings across the world. ZOM also offers Soil Restoration consulting services, we create tailored strategic plans and designs to fit your projects. For those looking for greater level of involvement we have a Newark, NJ based sustainability leadership training program. Track one is “Wildlife & Nature” and Track 2 is “Mental and Physical Well-being.” Link: