A Brazilian artist has found an ingenious way to recycle car tyres with his love of animals by turning them into pet beds.
Amarildo Silva was looking for a way to make extra income using the trash that people throw in the streets. Two years ago, the 23-year-old noticed that there were rows of discarded used tyres littering the streets of his neighborhood in Paraíba, Brazil. He was also aware that old tyres were being used as a refuge by stray dogs that live in the streets.
Putting two-and-two together, the resourceful artist, who has always enjoyed making handicrafts from trash materials, came up with the idea to make it more comfortable for the strays by providing them with pet beds made from upcycled tyres.
The artist collects the old tyres that he finds on the streets, takes them home and puts all the stuff in his backyard. After separating the tyres, he cuts, washes and paints them. Amarildo Silva personalises each pet bed by drawing a unique design on each tyre, and writing the name of the animal to whom the pet bed will belong to.
Amarildo Silva, who is currently selling his pet beds via his Caominhas Pets Instagram, has sold more than 500 pet beds in the last two years.
Images credit: Caominhas_pets2 Facebook page
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