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.