Rather than go into a landfill, or contribute to ecological damage, these tires are being used for something truly wonderful.
Amarildo Silva is a young artist from Brazil. A couple years ago, he was looking for a way to make some extra money. He saw stray dogs in the streets using discarded tires as makeshift beds, and an idea was born.
Silva started gathering old tires and turning them into dog beds. He paints each one a unique color or design, cuts holes in the sides for handles, adds a bed inside, and writes the pet’s name on the outside.
Here Silva shows off the wide variety of bed designs he’s created. These ones are all for sale.
His Instagram feed is full of himself with his tires accompanied by motivational messages. This one says, “Do not wait for the future to be happy, make the gift your joy.”
He is helping the planet by reducing waste, recycling old tires to create beautiful, comforting warm beds for our animals to reside in.
He is an advocate for less violence in Brazil. He says, “The Brazil that I want, is a Brazil with less violence and more work. I’m not making apology for crime, quite the contrary, do as I do instead of a weapon, put a tool in your hand and go yourself fix your life and who knows change the reality of our Brazil.”
His tire beds are not just for dogs. There are plenty of examples of cats using them as their sleeping quarters, as well.
We can all make a difference in this world, even if we think that our efforts are too small to change something. Every effort counts.
You can find and support Amarildo via Facebook on his page Caominhas_Pets2. Visit him for more information, and to keep up with his amazing projects.