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It was an evening of love, light and laughter at the KFC Valentine's Night Run on the 10 February. This year the usual 10 km Night Race was a “Love” themed, summer's evening running event, with a bagpipe player and candlelit mile en route.


Over 5,000 runners left the starting line and each got to experience the effectiveness of our Consol Solar Jar™, as the jars lit the last mile with their beautiful earth friendly lighting. The effect was spectacular and when the racers returned to Randburg Harriers we received lots of smiles and positive feedback.

In keeping with the Valentine’s spirit we set up a Consol Solar Jar™ display tent, showcasing our jars and their unique versatility. Our customers will be pleased to know our Solar Jars are available online at http://solar-jar.co.za/order and more recently also at our new pop-up shop at 27 Boxes in Melville, Johannesburg.


Thank you Randburg Harriers, we look forward to see you again next year!

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Australia, a popular destination of South Africans, both just visiting and emigrating, due to its parallel attributes of sunshine and vast expansive outdoor living, has welcomed a popular South African product to its shores, the Consol Solar Jar™. Suntoy have set up operations in the land down under and has introduced its Consol Solar Jar™ for the first time as a lifestyle product due to the nature of the great outdoor lifestyle of Australians. Beach parties, surfing, camping, cycling, ‘barbies’, boating, fishing and long ‘walk-abouts’ are all pastimes of Aussie sun-lovers who will welcome the little jar that draws its energy in the day and will powerlessly light their way at night.

For our friends down under this is why the Consol Solar Jar™ is a winner:

  • The Consol Solar Jar™, a 100% recyclable preserve jar, is a multiple design award winning product originating from South Africa. It is handmade and therefore has created jobs for many local town ship dwellers.
  • It is a green product and with its uniquely designed lid it harnesses its energy entirely from the sun.
  • Due to its complete portability, it is multi functional and provides night light in the garden, at the table and at all the aforementioned outdoor activity areas for reading cooking and just creating a beautiful ambiance.
  • It is pretty and fun, as it can be filled with decor of your choice. Anything from sea shells, to fruit, plants or any kind of bric-a-brac. It becomes your own creation!

Our man in Australia

The Consol Solar Jar™ will for the first time be available direct to the public through select retailers and the online store at https://suntoy.mybigcommerce.com, but if you prefer the personal touch and great service, our man down under is Theo van Wyk who can be contacted on 0450 123 606 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It’s time South Africans returned some of that great Aussie hospitality and there is no better way to do it than with our little jar of sunshine!

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Resolution Circle, UJ’s Business Incubator and Research and Development company held a Mad Hatter’s Party on Friday 13th  to kick of the year 2017 with a “hat”, who would have thought of that!

The various teams were encouraged to compete for the most original hat, which were all splendid I thought, but also compete for the best decorated Consol Solar Jar™ in a theme to represent their department.

During a heated judging session, I had the difficult task to find the best of the best. Almost impossible with so much creativity going around, from kitchen to catering, marketing to accounts and admin to engineering, they all put in a special effort with every jar being beautiful, unique and original!


At the end however there can only be one winner and out of 19 entries it was RC’s accounts department who took the price with their “Treachery Chest” Jar (decorated by Stephanie Joubert) for the originality and effort that went into the design. The jar almost made me want to climb inside and start digging.

A close second was the mechanical engineering department “Small Scale Manufacturing” Jar done by Johnny Pretorius and Bianca Boshoff.


The CEO Professor Willem Clarke with his daughter Tabitha had a beautiful quirky entry with their yellow Minion Jar, and the two of them even had matching hats to boot!

There is not enough space to mention all the participants individually but I take my “hat” of and salute you all!

What a rather marvellous event! 

If your company wants to host a Consol Solar Jar™ teambuilding, contact us today for more detail.


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It goes without saying that our many Consol Solar Jar™ fans out there who love the versatility of their jars are looking forward to the many opportunities their jars bring, especially the creative fun to be had over the festive season.


The Consol Solar Jar™ can be dressed up for almost any occasion from holding special gifts, decorative Christmas to containing sweets and other treats all while simultaneously adding light and colour to a space within the jar.  We have put a festive season idea gallery together for fans to get started. See here.

If you would like to share pictures with us of what you did to decorate your Solar Jar over the festive season, you can email your snaps (5 max.) and we will consider including them in our gallery. Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Suntoy Team wish to thank all our fans, customers and suppliers around the globe for their support and wish you and yours a very safe and relaxing fun-filled festive season.

The Suntoy Team

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The Consol Solar Jar™ showcased its international appeal when it took part in the event commemorating the 300th anniversary of renowned British Landscape Architect; Lancelot “Capability” Brown at the Compton Verney Art Gallery in the UK recently. 1000 Consol Solar Jars™ were used as one of the set pieces to showcase the process of photosynthesis using light.

Visual artist Laurent from Creatmosphere, was commissioned to create the instillation using our Consol Solar Jars™ as he was looking for a product that would be environmentally friendly as well as appeal to the aesthetic of life as light.

The “Dress Rehearsal” was held at the University of Johannesburg with close family and friends attending the show. The team from Resolution Circle were great, the Microchip wireless MiWi technology behaved as it should and the Splitbeam DMX crew had patience beyond the call of duty. Without a doubt though the stars of the show, the wireless MiWi/DMX Jars, highlighted what can be done with a humble Consol Solar Jar™. MiWi™ is a registered trade mark of Microchip Technology Incorporated.


Harald Schulz; Managing Director at Suntoy, commented on the ingenuity and skill of our local engineers by saying; “I believe strongly that we need to give them the ability to do a project of this sort and I think that they just about proved that it can be done locally and it doesn’t have to go overseas to be designed elsewhere.”


The event itself titled; IN-LIGHT: Illuminating Compton Verney, was well received and the Consol Solar Jar™ enchanted visitors especially the interactive element that gave them the opportunity to take over the light controls and light up various parts of the house and trees. Julie Carpenter certainly enjoyed herself and commented via the Compton Verney Facebook page; “Loved it - a photographers dream!”

This fantastic experience has been invaluable with Suntoy and the Consol Solar Jar™ receiving coverage in our local press namely Simply Green, City News, SA The Good News and internationally with the UK publication ISI Online and various others. With the technology learnt from the project, university boffins are working on other professional applications and here at Suntoy we are so proud of our Consol Solar Jar™ having showcased its quality and its proudly South African heritage on an international stage at in Warwickshire, UK.


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We here at Suntoy are proudly invested in sharing the many successes of our Consol Solar Jar™ and once again deliver news of how our Jar keeps re-inventing itself. We have been mentioned in a number of publications featuring our famous Consol Solar Jar™ being a main attraction at the 300th anniversary commemoration of renowned British Landscape Architect; Lancelot “Capability” Brown, with Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in England currently hosting a light art commission using 1000 Consol Solar Jars™ as one of its key set pieces.

As the magic continues to spread between 29th October and 13th November 2016, of the artistic and illuminating contribution the Consol Solar Jar™ is creating, the involvement of our Proudly South African star attraction has drawn the attention of the following publications:

Simply Green
An digital publication that focuses on all areas of the ‘Green’ / Sustainability value chain. With focus areas such Alternative and Renewable Energy Developments, Green Building, green products, Energy Efficiency, Impact Investing and more.


See the article on page 38 here.

SA Good News
A website that highlights the positive developments in South Africa.


See the article here.

Germiston City News

Local news and businesses website and newspaper.


See the article here.


The Meetings and Event Planner
Provides user-friendly information that assists these professionals in their day-to-day task of sourcing venues, products, services, speakers and team builders.


See the article here.

R News
They tell the South African story.


See the article here.

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To commemorate the 300th anniversary of renowned British Landscape Architect; Lancelot “Capability” Brown, who shaped our vision of the picture-perfect English countryside, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park will be hosting a light art commission using 1000 Consol Solar Jars™ as one of its key set pieces.


Compton Verney Park is a place steeped in rich architectural history, its current state being the result of an 11-year restoration project that will see this magnificent building returned to its 1768 splendour and glory that was designed by one of the most important Landscape Architects of the 18th century, Lancelot “Capability” Brown himself.

Visual artist Laurent from Creatmosphere, a cross-genre studio specialising in the interplay of light as art between architecture and space, has been commissioned to create a light spectacular as has never been seen before using our Consol Solar Jars ™. Applying stunning, ground-breaking technologically, this new interactive light commission entitled “IN LIGHT: Illuminating Capability Brown’s Landscape”, launches on the 29 October and runs until the 13 November.


Compton Verney’s 18th century mansion, ‘Capability’ Brown Chapel and Bridge will be lit in vibrant ways for people to appreciate and play with. There is an interactive element that gives visitors the opportunity to take over the light controls and light up various parts of the house and trees in exciting ways. This is the first time globally, that wireless DMX technology has been used to activate so many solar powered lanterns in an art exhibition of this magnitude.  The technological challenge was made easier in collaboration with UJ (University of Johannesburg) and their research facility RC (Resolution circle).

By using 1000 Consol Solar Jars™; a product proudly conceptualised and manufactured by Suntoy in South Africa, Laurent will be filling an entire field with pinpoints of light to map the rich and diverse history of green spaces in a creative and captivating way.  Three centuries later, Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s work is still celebrated and lives on.


We here at Suntoy, together with our European distributors Sonnenglas, are enormously proud to have our Consol Solar Jar™ play an integral and creative part in this initiative.  Seeing it being used in this way and not just as originally intended (as a reading light and portable solar lantern), demonstrates its potential as a fun, eco-friendly and sustainable alternative light supply that makes it easy to go green. It truly is bottled sunshine!

Event details can be found here:

Harald Schulz
Managing Director
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
South Africa
Ph: +27 87 754 4060

Adam Viles
Suntoy Brand Manager
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South Africa
Ph: +27 73 406 1803


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Born on the island of Mauritius, Corine Park Mazurier has lived half her life on the Greek islands and the other half in the Caribbean (on a yacht) and has now become the official distributor of the Consol Solar Jar™ in the Caribbean.

Corine came across the Consol Solar Jar™ on the tiny island of Rodrigues, at the Bakwa lodge where she sought to investigate and was amazed by what she was looking at.  “How simple - yet versatile, how functional – yet creative.  I was hooked. I purchased one from the lodge and my enthusiasm rubbed off on the other guests who also proceeded to purchase jars.”

Corine is sharing her enthusiasm for the Consol Solar Jar™ in the Caribbean as it completely fits her criteria for what she considers to be an inspiring product.  According to Corine, the Caribbean group of islands all have one thing in common - hurricanes, with most islands often experiencing electrical outages due to weather and this is where the Consol Solar Jar™ comes in very handy.


Corine feels it is important to understand and convey that the Consol Solar Jar™ is “proudly hand made in South Africa” and not “made in China”.

The Consol Solar Jar™ requires loving care and attention says Corine.  Not because it is delicate but because it is important to place it in the sunlight daily to recharge. The Jar needs to play a role in the space it’s in and hence be part of the design (interior or exterior).  “It also requires “props” or accessories which I believe need to be developed or suggested, to shoulder the jar and to make its utility more accessible.”

The Caribbean is one of the finest sailing grounds in the world, where the Consol Solar Jar™ is finding its bearings.  In this context its use is both decorative and functional.  There are an endless number of year round sailors in the Caribbean, from mega yachts (decorative) to small live aboard sailors (functional) who find use in both the utility and the beauty of the jar.

The tourism industry – from cruise ship passengers to yacht charters for day visitors, hotel and villa guests enjoy our personalised jar as it appeals to our clients as a souvenir with the dual purpose of being useful at home.

Welcome to the Suntoy Team Corine.

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Innovation in Solar energy are the hottest buzz words at the top of minds in most businesses today.

The global population is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of producing and utilizing effective eco-friendly energy in a manner that conserves and protects nature and our environment in general.

In celebration of all the efforts being made by many around the globe to invent innovative and exciting new Solar powered products, Suntoy have identified 10 Solar products we found to be robust, user friendly and fit for purpose and bring these to the awareness of all our supporters, customers and the solar enthusiasts around the world, in the hopes that these new innovations inspire all to make use of, improve and promote eco-friendly lifestyles:

Finally technology has caught up with aesthetics and consumer demand.


Portable Solar kitchen
It is a portable kitchen that lets you boil, bake and fry.  Read more here...


Simple Solar Shingles
The shingles are installed over new or existing roof sheathing. Although one shingle only generates enough power to run a fan, an entire roof's worth of shingles can turbocharge an entire home.  Read more here...


SODIS Water Filters
The water bottle's design was inspired by needs of developing countries, specifically with the intention of killing harmful microorganism that contaminate the water.  Read more here...


Solar Powered Window Socket
A portable device intended to enable you to use electricity freely and conveniently in a space restricted in the use of electricity, such as a plane, a car, and outdoors.  Read more here...


Eliodomestico Solar Terracotta Water Filters
Diamanti’s solar powered water filter is designed to provide drinking water for families in developing countries. Read more here...


Solar Jar
The Consol Solar Jar™ is an eco-friendly solar light that literally provides bottled sunshine. The solar-powered lid collects sunshine during the day. At night, it powers 4 built-in LEDs inside the glass jar.  Read more here...


Solar Roads
The first solar roadway opened in Amsterdam. A 70-meter stretch of cycle path between two suburbs of the city that generates solar power from rugged, textured glass-covered photovoltaic cells. Read more here...


Solar powered billboards
The EnviroLight Series is designed to light up your billboard and sign, no matter if it is for residential or commercial use.  Read more here...


Solar bicycles
This hybrid bike can be charged via electricity and the sun and energy. It works in 3 modes being muscle power, Semi- electric and electricity which helps the user to ride easier and faster. Read more here...


Solar power stations in space
Japan is planning to build a solar power station in space within the next 30 years. It is expected to cost $21 billion. How will they do it?  Read more here...



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For every hour of direct sunlight, the Consol Solar Jar™ emanates an hour of pure shining light for your convenience.  Overcast and cloudy days however, are not considered as direct Sunlight and can therefore not be relied on to ensure Solar energy transfer takes place.

To educate our customers we have provided the below basic diagram of how Solar energy is produced and how it flows into a Solar powered product.


Solar Radiation Map
If you own or are planning on purchasing a Consol Solar Jar™ we encourage you to view our Solar Radiation map to discover how much solar energy is radiated from the Sun in your Country.

Click on the image below to view.

Happy learning!
Compliments of the Suntoy Team.

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