How should we fix problems in the world? It’s a question that has troubled people and societies for hundreds of years.
Too often, though, individuals want a third party to make things right. We’d like for the government or a charity or simply someone to fix the issues that we see.
But just as often we ignore something that’s right in front of us: our own creativity.
It’s a solution that animals themselves use all the time. Live Science has highlighted some of the amazing ways critters take creative action to impact their surroundings.
For instance, researchers have unearthed tools at an ancient chimpanzee encampment in Africa’s Ivory Coast. It turns out that the apes had crafted stone hammers for themselves.
It isn’t just primates who get creative to solve problems, though. The veined octopus likes to find discarded coconut halves, stack them on top of each other and use them as its home.
So if animals can turn to ingenuity to benefit themselves, can’t we do the same when coming to their aid? Well, that’s exactly what a 23-year-old man from Brazil has done.
Little Things reported that Amarildo Silva Filho once wanted to be an artist, but he found it difficult to put food on the table.
Filho made ends meet by working at a grocery store, a job he didn’t necessarily find all that fulfilling. So when he found a pile of old tires, creative inspiration struck and he found himself on a whole new professional track.
Filho started collecting tires, and then he began to shape them and slather them with a coat of bright paint.
After that, he painted stylized designs on their sides, plumped polka-dot pillows within, and voilà! He had produced utterly adorable pet beds.
“What used to be trash now becomes something very useful for animals,” Filho said. He has reused more than 6,000 tires.
But he hasn’t just helped critters. He has supported himself by selling the beds on Facebook, benefited a whole bunch of pet owners and even helped the environment.
And how did Filho accomplish it? Simply by looking at a pile of old tires in a different way.
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