WVU Tech Student Invents Eco-Friendly Product

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY)- It may sound hard to believe, but roughly 7-million tons of plastic ends up in  our oceans and it’s causing catastrophic damage for marine life. One WVU Tech student who’s come up with a unique and inventive way to fight back.

Meet the man behind ‘future fungi’,  founded as part of a research project on finding more eco-friendly products to replace plastic and Styrofoam… like mushroom based mycelium.

“It’s made out of natural material, nature knows how to deal with it so it uses bacteria and it breaks it down” said Nima Shahabshamir.

Nima ShahabShamir is a finalist in the commission for environmental cooperation’s conference, which is made up of 3-countries working together to save the planet. Shahabshamir beating out more than 200-applicants in North America.

“The main goal of future fungi is to hopefully sometime in the future once we have made our products and got to the production then we will be able to create more jobs for West Virginia” said Nima Shahabshamir.

Shahabshamir is working on perfecting his prototypes while he continues to pursue his degree. The future is bright for southern West Virginia.

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Matt Bullock is currently the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for WOAY-TV Matt Bullock has always dreamed about becoming a meteorologist since he was 5 years old. He would draw the 7-day forecast on a wall made out of chalk paint that his mom painted for the family to use. Growing up his role models were Greg Fishel on WRAL, his older sisters, and his parents. Matt loves all kinds of weather including; hurricanes, severe weather, and snowstorms. Matt grew up in Cary, NC. He went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a bachelors of science in earth and environmental science with a concentration of atmospheric science in June of 2018. He is a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He completed an internship at WRAL in Raleigh, NC during the summer of 2017, winter of 2017, and summer of 2018. Matt moved to West Virginia to take his first job as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter at WOAY. You can find him on the weekends at 6 and 11 pm at WOAY-TV When Matt isn’t working he enjoys watching sports. His teams are the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and his alma mater Charlotte 49ers. He also enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with his friends and family. He is always keeping his eyes on the skies as he is keeping up with the weather three times a day. Have any tips or weather questions? Email me mbullock@woay.com