December 14, 2021 by By Cathy Stack
Tragically, thousands of stray animals perish each year from extreme weather conditions and illness. The absence of adequate shelter plays a contributing factor. Amarildo, an animal lover and artist, observed how countless strays in his hometown used old tires for refuge.
An ingenious idea suddenly came to him: He would create a product that would benefit the vulnerable animals in his community and help the environment. He wanted to provide the abandoned animals with a feeling of home and a sense of security by transforming the old tires into colorful pet beds. In the past two years, he has created more than 6,000 beds.
Amarildo collects discarded tires from the street and also accepts donations. Creating one bed takes him about 40 minutes per tire. Each tire is cleaned, cut and molded into the right shape. He paints each bed with vibrant designs and fits the interior with bold fabric prints to create a soft inner cushion with a matching pillow. He then sews the inner mattress into place, providing the animals great comfort as they lounge and sleep. He distributes the final product to local animal shelters and sets some directly onto the streets. As soon as the beds are brought out, the animals instantly curl up to rest and sleep.
Amarildo prefers to use recycled, environmentally friendly products for his artistic creations for sustainability purposes. As a result, his unique and durable tire pet beds serve a dual purpose. Not only do they provide great comfort for the strays, but they have a positive impact on the environment. Every year, billions of tons of garbage fill the oceans and landfills. Utilizing reusable waste reduces the impact.
Amarildo’s caring project was such a success that he has turned it into his own eco- and pet-friendly business.
“The only way to do a great job is to love what you do,” shared Amarildo.
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