Suntoy promises to give our planet a brighter future by making every hour a solar-power-hour.

Lighting up the Night Run

By |2020-03-25T13:13:07+00:00March 14th, 2020|

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!

Spier Secret Dinner

By |2020-03-25T13:58:49+00:00March 12th, 2020|

There’s a sense of covert mystery at the Spier Secret Dinner. Classified information is discreetly revealed. A guest discovers secret ingredients to family recipes kept hidden for generations. Coupled with Spier wine, the meal is made tastier with solar light.

Caro de Waal, host extraordinaire, used the Consol Solar Jar as table decor. Inspired by a theatre-in-a-jar, Caro placed foliage within the glass jars, each representing the Four Seasons theme.

At another secret dinner, with the theme of Street Grub, Caro smoked beef skewers inside glass jars. A tasty meal illuminated by solar light.

Do you want to be privy to some golden secrets while sipping a glass of Spier wine? Check out when the next Spier Secret Dinner is scheduled.

Decorating Your Consol Solar Jar™ This Festive Season

By |2020-03-16T07:26:14+00:00March 12th, 2020|

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 adam@suntoy.co.za

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

Bio Marché Welcomes the Solar Jar

By |2020-03-25T14:46:17+00:00March 9th, 2020|

Approximately 40,000 visitors attended the Bio Marché fair in Zofingen, Switzerland. This event is one of the biggest organic trade fairs in Europe and took place over three days in June.

Sonnenglas exhibited at Bio Marché, for the second year in a row, showcasing the Solar Jar ™. This South African handmade light shone amidst an array of diverse international products. The exhibition stand was made of recycled wooden crates and hessian table cloths, styled with fresh flowers. Each Solar Jar contained a different decor item. Printed info cards with the Suntoy team photos were on display.

Drawing with Light during Earth Hour

By |2020-03-25T14:46:51+00:00March 5th, 2020|

Drawing with light during Earth Hour created a photographic artwork solely in the glow of solar light emitted by Consol Solar Jars. The backdrop was beautiful, set at Nizamiya Turkish Masjid (Turkish Mosque) in Midrand, near Johannesburg. Professional photographer, Peter Hassall, magically captured the word, Earth Hour, in solar light.

The word photograph derives from Greek:
phos = light
graphê = draw or write
phos + graphê = drawing with light = photograph

Nine people lined up in the camera frame. Each wrote a letter spelling Earth Hour backwards with a Consol Solar Jar in their hand so that it appeared right reading and pointed directly at the camera. The exposure was 15 seconds and they had to move the Consol Solar Jar in as wide an area as possible. If you look behind each letter, you will see the ghosted figure of a person holding their Consol Solar Jar.

With all the interior lights switched off during Earth Hour, 12 Consol Solar Jars were placed upside down to shine up and light the archways, balancing the interior exposure with the exterior lighting of the clouds and turrets. The contact sheet shows four images:

Top left: all interior lights turned off.
Top right: six jars turned on to light right-hand side.
Bottom left: additional six jars turned on to light left-hand side.
Bottom right: final pic.

Suntoy promises to give our planet a brighter future, the eco-friendly way, by making every hour a solar-power-hour.

Christmas in Berlin

By |2020-03-25T14:47:42+00:00March 2nd, 2020|

South Africa is currently celebrating summer, sunny skies, beaches and braais. Yet, our distributors in Europe, Sonnenglas, are shivering in the winter ice and snow.

In Berlin, Germany, evening markets are festive season highlights. Temperatures plummet to approximately 30 degrees less than our South African norm. No matter how cold, everyone is flocking to the Sonnenglas stall to purchase Consol Solar Jars. Our Consol Solar Jar is an eco-friendly, handmade Christmas gift of bottled warm South African sunshine. What more can winter in Europe ask for?

Let there be More Light!

By |2020-03-25T14:59:09+00:00January 14th, 2020|

Consol Solar Jar light is now double as bright in a new glow called Glass White. It delights even more! Mr Sunshine, aka Harald Schulz, sheds some light on the difference between our old and new LEDs. The photos show the new diffused light and the old spot light.

New LEDs used after January 2013 are Surface Mounted Devices (SMDs) offering:

  • Diffused light: beam angle 105 degrees
  • Far better light spread, the light appears to be double as bright
  • Light colour: Glass White
  • Warmer light, brings out colour and makes glass glow
  • Machine assembled
  • Efficiency of assembly improved
  • Does not require skilled operators

LEDs used till December 2012 were 5mm Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) offering:

  • Spot light: beam angle 15 degrees
  • Most light shines on the bottom of the jar
  • Light colour: Warm White
  • Hand assembled
  • Requires skilled operators

Photos show the new diffused light and the old spot light in frosted glass.

Earth Hour Challenge

By |2020-03-25T15:01:38+00:00January 14th, 2020|

Light your way to Earth Hour with our Consol Solar Jars. Turn one hour into every hour for the good of our planet and join Suntoy in using eco-friendly solar lighting.

South Africans join global communities in turning off non-essential lights to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change. We’re making a collective difference to our environment.

Choosing to read your book by solar light is a small action in changing your lifestyle while lowering your carbon footprint. Every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity you avoid, saves over a kilogram of harmful carbon dioxide that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. Using renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic (solar) cells, in our daily lives drops our carbon emissions. Reason enough to

Fireflies

By |2020-03-25T15:02:26+00:00January 14th, 2020|

A firefly’s bioluminescence makes for nights of glowing outdoor adventures. Referring to these remarkable tiny creatures while describing our Consol Solar Jars gave us sunny smiles. “They have a ‘firefly-in-a-jar’ look and feel,” wrote Louise Hardy from New Zealand.

Her mom, who lives in South Africa, visited Louise in New Zealand and gifted her Consol Solar Jars for her birthday. “My three solar jars hang from our newly constructed pergola in our home garden. I love outdoor lights and these are fantastic and solar powered. I enjoy my nightly ritual of turning each on and seeing them from inside and out. All our friends think they are brilliant and ask where they can be purchased. I am very proud of mine!”

Our Consol Solar Jars are reaching far and wide… just like fireflies!

Art Exhibition

By |2020-03-25T15:03:39+00:00January 14th, 2020|

We were excited to discover that our Consol Solar Jars were featured in an art exhibition called The Other World at InToto Gallery. Including functional everyday objects in contemporary art exhibitions harnesses creative thought especially when addressing environmental issues such as solar energy.

The exhibition was curated around the idea that art can transport you to another realm. It was filled with sensory experiences into other times, spaces and spheres. Dry autumn leaves covered the gallery floor crunching as visitors explored. There was a visual feast of fine artworks displayed. Unusual objects were placed inside Consol Solar Jars that hung from the ceiling rafters and elicited wonderment. There was a sense of being in otherworldly places – some horrific, some euphoric – most not known to us.

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Curator: Megan Kidd
Creative: Otto de Jager

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