Once a struggling artist, Amarildo Silva Filho, 23, from Brazil worked at a grocery store to pay the bills, however he felt he wasn’t living his true purpose.
Amarildo really wanted to make a difference by helping animals and the environment.
The neighbourhood in Brazil is often littered with trash however this young man sees lots of potential in the abandoned and discarded items.
“What used to be trash now becomes something very useful for animals.”
One day, he came upon a heap of tires piled along the street. He always had an affinity for recyclable materials and created upcycled items.
Silva aimed to turn these old tires into beds for the countless stray animals roaming the streets of Brazil. It began as a simple experiment that turned into a huge successful mission.
Amarildo has taken over 6,000 discarded tires and used them to make animal warm and cozy animal beds in the last two years.
The entire process takes roughly 40 minutes, during which Amarildo cuts and washes the tires.
Next he personalizes each bed with different colors and designs, and writes the name of the animal to whom the bed will belong.
He either collects the tires off the streets, or buys them in bulk if he doesn’t receives them as donations.
Amarildo’s animal beds have become increasingly popular where he now receives orders from people all over the country.
He hopes to expand his business although he doesn’t have a team to help him.
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