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At the heart of Switzerland's largest organic festival, Bio Marché, is a market for organic and fair trade products. With 40,000 visitors in 2,5 days, Bio Marché was the perfect stage to introduce our Consol Solar Jar to the Swiss.

Being the only South African made product included in the festival, our Consol Solar Jar elicited much intrigue. Sonnenglas, the European distributor of the Consol Solar Jar, collaborated with Bio Marché by placing our solar lights in the catering area. Many visitors discovered it there while eating dinner and then went to the Sonnenglas booth to purchase one. 

Summer in Zofingen offers evenings with late sunsets and by 9pm, when the market closed, the sun was still shining. In order to adequately demonstrate the abundant light of the Consol Solar Jar, the Sonnenglas booth had a darkbox that simulated nighttime. Customers could lift a curtain to see how the Consol Solar Jar shines.

We’re enjoying spreading our bottled South African sunshine across Europe!

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This story commences a year ago when two inquisitive German guys, on holiday in Cape Town, spotted the Consol Solar Jar and fell head-over-heals in love with it. Curious about the source of this South African made product, these two intrepid detectives did some investigating, hopped on a flight to Jozi and walked into the Suntoy factory in Selby, Johannesburg. Stefan Neubig, a young start-up entrepreneur and photographer, and Heiner Klaus, a music publisher and editor, glanced around and excitedly stated that they were keen to export the Consol Solar Jar to Germany. And just like that - with passion, trust and wholehearted conviction - Sonnenglas was born.

Introductory chats turned into long-distance meetings as exports increased from pallets to containers. With the consent of Consol, a successful entrepreneurial partnership has been solidified between Suntoy and Sonnenglas. Now, on their second visit to the Suntoy abode, Sonnenglas has been appointed the European distributor of the Consol Solar Jar.

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“For us, it is important to visit and meet the people who are manufacturing the Consol Solar Jar. We discovered that Suntoy is more of a welcoming and collaborative family than a regular factory. In Europe, the aspect of fair trade is very important.” ~ Heiner Klaus, Sonnenglas

“It’s rare to find an object or product which is so beautiful, simple and functional. We’re really proud to be part of the team and will do our best to make this South African success story a global one.” ~ Stefan Neubig, Sonnenglas

How many sunshiners can we fit into a selfie - just like Ellen's famous Oscar self-portrait? Good question! The more the sunnier… and we know how to spread that sunshine!

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