In Brazil, a young artist named Amarildo Silva Filho upcycles old, discarded tires, and turns them into adorable dog beds for stray dogs in the area.
Brazil has a lot of homeless dogs roaming the streets. Amarildo is a creative young man who was working at a local grocery store. He was looking for a way to supplement his income and was also looking for a creative outlet. Walking home, Filho came across a heap of piled up old tires, and he got an idea.
Amarildo had seen stray dogs playing with the tires and often seeking refuge in and around them. He brainstormed and came up with an eco-friendly solution that would benefit both the environment and the homeless dog population. So the twenty-three-year-old went hunting for all the old tires he could find. He found stacks of discarded tires in the streets and brought them back to his backyard.
Amarildo then cut out the middle part of the top of the tire, gave it a good wash and inspection for safety and then painted them in bright colors. After the tires had dried, Amarildo made cushions for the inside of the tires out of some padding and cute fabric. The final phase was adding decorations and handles for transport. In about forty minutes, Filho can finish a customized dog bed.
Amarildo started making upcycled dog beds two years ago. He set a goal of six thousand beds. He not only achieved his goal, but he has also turned the idea and hobby into a business. Amarildo receives requests for his tire beds from all over the world. Filho likes to personalize the beds with the name of the pet. The dogs (and cats) look quite comfy in their eco-friendly tire beds!