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Struggling artist turns thousands of discarded tires into beautiful beds for stray dogs

by craftmin | June 19, 2019

Amarildo Silva Fihlo was once a struggling artist working at a grocery store to make ends meet. But one day he decided to use his artistic skills to give back to his local community in a unique way.

In his hometown of Campina Grande, Brazil, stray animals outnumber homeless people by over 500%!

In an effort to blend creativity, sustainability, and charity on behalf of the town’s needy animals, Silva came up with an idea to turn thousands of discarded tires into beautiful beds for the strays.

Amarildo Silva via Instagram

“What used to be trash now becomes something very useful for animals.”

It all started when the 23-year-old came across a heap of tires on the roadside. He had noticed that stray dogs around town often curled up in the tires to sleep at night.

Collecting hundreds and then thousands of used tires from the streets, parking lots, and landfills, he got to work on making them into something beautiful.

Amarildo Silva via Instagram

After all, they were sitting around anyway, so why not turn litter into art?

Source: Amarildo Silva via Instagram

The tires-turned-animal-beds require a lot of work, starting with a very thorough cleaning.

Silva then cuts the tires into his desired shapes and paints them vibrant colors and even adds some special touches such as bone and paw prints.

Amarildo Silva via Instagram

Adding a sealant makes sure the beds will always look their best, through any type of weather.

After the bed is painted and decorated, he sews cushions for the insides to make them comfortable.

He’s gained quite a fan club in his town for his work to recycle the old tires and help the local strays. Now people are even approaching him about custom beds for their pets!

Source: Amarildo Silva via Instagram

After selling six upcycled beds to his coworkers at the grocery store, he realized he had a potential business on his hands. He now runs Cãominhas Pets as a full-time business and has social media pages on both Facebook and Instagram.

Silva always dreamed of being self-employed, but he knew it would be tough for an artist. But his hard work and perseverance have helped him make his dream come true.

He even spends time demonstrating his work at schools and local events in order to educate people in his region on the importance of sustainability.

In addition to pet beds, Silva has branched out into making colorful planters and recycling containers to beautify local homes and parks.

Now, his product line event includes sustainable furniture!

Tires can take 50-80 years to decompose if they aren’t recycled properly, so people are all too happy to have these items saved from roadsides, oceans, and landfills.

In an interview with the blog Green Matters, Silva described his environmental undertaking:

“Over the course of two years, I already removed 1,500 units of old tires from the environment making only the [pet beds]. This certainly makes a very big positive impact on nature.”

From pet beds to holiday decorations, Silva has now saved about 6,000 tires from the trash!

Be sure to scroll down to see some of Silva’s work in action and perhaps get a little DIY inspiration for yourself.

It’s amazing to see how a simple project that started off providing shelter and turning eyesores into art has blossomed into a full-time business for this creative and compassionate entrepreneur!

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