Every year, billions of tons of garbage end up in the ocean and landfills.
To reduce these numbers and breathe new life into reusable waste, a hard-working man from Brazil, Amarildo Silva Filho, 23, has developed a simple yet valuable hobby for sustainability.
Silva works as a cashier by day and is a craftsman by night.
Two years ago, Amarildo was looking for a way to make extra income using the trash that people throw in the streets. He then remembered that old tires were being used as a refuge by the dogs that live in the streets, so he thought it would be nice if he could bring them the feeling of a home.
He started collecting discarded tires and used them to make eco-friendly and comfortable beds for animals. In this way, he earned extra dollars while contributed to the well-being of the environment.
After successfully turning one of the tires he found into a bed, he made it his mission to make more—and has since handcrafted 6,000 beds.
He gathers every tire he can find in the landfills and streets, and his family helps him. He has also received tires as donations or bought them in bulk.
He then carefully cuts and cleans them, paints beautiful designs on them, and adds some carrying straps and a cozy mattress—which he sews himself—for the animals to curl up on.
He loves to write the name of the animal to whom the bed will belong to.
He started selling these beds on his Instagram, and they became so popular, that he has sold more than 500 tire-beds in just two years!
Even though he has numerous requests from Europe, North America, and Asia, he currently only delivers to Brazilian addresses. You can find his company, Caominhas Pets, on Facebook.
Therefore, his hobby quickly became a business, and one that is eco- and pet- friendly!
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so Amarildo Silva is now turning other people’s trash into cute little beds for animals on and off the streets.
He believes that “the only way to do a great job is to love what you do.”
He collects all tires he can find.
He cleans the tires well.
His decorations are adorable!
A skilled craftsman turned businessman.
His hobby contributes to minimizing waste. He also produces flowerpots and containers from reusable materials.
His handiwork is amazing.
This kind-hearted man also takes care of abandoned animals and holds educational talks in schools to bring awareness to the younger generation.