In Brazil, 39% of the garbage produced every day is made up from old tires.
Amarildo Silva is trying to reverse the trend in his own way, by turning old tires into comfortable and decorated dog and cat beds.
Everything started two years ago when Amarildo was looking for a way to make extra income using the trash that people throw in the streets. He always enjoyed making handicrafts with materials that were no longer used and would be otherwise discarded.
By creating something new out of it, he not only contributed to the well-being of the environment but also earned a few extra dollars in the process.
Amarildo realized that old tires were being used as a refuge by the dogs that live in the streets, and came up with the idea to bring them the feeling of home and make it more comfortable for animals.
The artist collects the old tires that he finds on the streets, takes them home and puts all the stuff in his backyard. He dedicated one of his rooms for storing these tires.
After separating the tires, he cuts, washes and paints them. He loves to draw a unique design for each tire and write the name of the animal to whom the bed will belong to.
Besides the beds, the artist also makes beautiful containers for plants as well.