While 23-year-old Amarildo Silva was working at a local supermarket, he was trying to figure out how to use his creativity and artistic ambitions to make something useful out of discarded materials. Noticing that the dogs in his neighborhood liked to curl up and sleep in old, used tires, he started collecting unwanted tires from city streets, parking lots, and landfills, and upcycling them into comfortable pet beds.
Amarildo said: “I am very moved because what used to be trash in the environment now becomes something very useful for animals.”
He starts by cutting the tires into desired shapes, adding fresh paint, and decorating them with bone, paw, and heart shapes. He also sews printed fabric around soft cushions to create a comfortable base for the tire bed, resulting in a truly luxurious home for the stray animals of Campina Grande.
In the last two years, Amarildo has taken over 6,000 discarded tires and used them to make warm and cozy animal beds.
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