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During the day the Solar Jar it stores solar energy…
Green high-tech technology in a traditional mason jar. That's the Consol Solar Jar™.
The principle of this solar light is as simple and fun as it is ingenious: The Consol Solar Jar™ stores energy during the day and releases light at night. Producing light in this way is fun, sustainable and makes it easy to do your bit for the environment. And the Consol Solar Jar™ will light up the dark for years to come. The Consol Solar Jar™ contains four solar-powered LEDs, which are charged by solar cells in its lid. When placed in direct sunlight the batteries are charged and provide many hours of soft, yet bright lighting without glare.
The Consol Solar Jar™ is ideal for garden lighting, decorating your table and other areas, barbecues, camping, alfresco dining and all other outdoor pursuits that would benefit from beautiful lighting to create a wonderful and relaxed atmosphere.
…...it lights up the night.
When it gets dark, you can turn on the Consol Solar Jar™ using its unique magnetic switch. The four solar-powered LED lights give off a beautiful light. A light bright enough for reading!
Personalise your Consol Solar Jar™ any way you like. Fill it with fruit, sand, dried flowers, shells, pebbles... There are endless possibilities. Just use your imagination.
A completely transparent product
Not just the jar, the production is, too.
The Consol Solar Jar™ is a genuine high-tech product from South Africa. It was originally developed for people in areas without electricity.
The production of the Consol Solar Jar™ has created jobs for over 50 previously unemployed men and women from the townships Alexandra and Soweto. It's handmade, which ensures the highest quality as well as durability.
In South Africa, the Consol Solar Jar™ has become a real cult item. It saves energy, is environmentally friendly and fun. Now, the Consol Solar Jar™ is available globally to give us a taste of real South African joie de vivre.
Handmade to a high standard
Preserve jar 100% recyclable
Made with 70% local materials
Creates steady jobs
Winner of five design awards
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Beautiful. And good.
The idea of the Consol Solar Jar™ is connected from its very beginning to the people that create it, so it’s no surprise that it is produced socially and sustainably. In the end, it doesn’t only capture and reflect sunlight, but it also enlightens the lives of the people that proudly handcraft it.
The Consol Solar Jar™ has been produced since 2011 by a company called Suntoy in South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg. In just a few years, over 60 jobs have been created through the production of the Consol Solar Jar™. The glass jar itself is manufactured by Consol, the country’s largest glass manufacturer.
At Suntoy, unskilled workers from adjacent townships are trained in photovoltaic theory. Suntoy focuses on Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which translate into sustainable development for the company. It also follows the principle of “Common Shared Value” resulting in a corporate culture where both women and men are paid fairly and receive insurance and pension.
And that’s not all.
Fair pay alone isn’t everything. Suntoy wishes to do good too, sustainably. That’s why the European distributor of the Consol Solar Jar™, Sonnenglas.net, established a fund that currently finances one hour per day of instruction in Mathematics and English for employees during working time, preparing them to get a high school diploma.
The Consol Solar Jar™ thereby casts light on a brighter future through education. There are also seven employees with newborn babies, whose long-term education shall be supported by the Sonnenglas fund.
The employees have fun at work; the factory’s atmosphere is like that of a family. Suntoy is transparent, meaning that their doors are open to visitors. The team is very proud to produce the best solar lamp in the world!
How it came to be.
Dangerous kerosene lamps and candles are predominantly used in informal settlements in South Africa resulting in many shack fires. In 2010, South African electrical engineer, Harald Schulz of Suntoy, was approached by Consol to design a solar light within the classic 1L preservative jar.
The aim was to produce a solar powered reading lamp that could be used in areas without electricity and create a safe light source, burn free. Five years later, more than 750,000 of these solar lamps have been produced already. In South Africa, the Consol Solar Jar™ has become a cult object and is on its way to becoming as popular in Europe. Suntoy-Blog
There are countless uses for the Consol Solar Jar™Solar. The only limit to personalising your jar is your imagination. Check out our «Community» gallery for inspiration and send your own photos to or post on Facebook orTwittter.
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