SOUTH AFRICA – Ardagh Glass Packaging (AGP), part of Luxembourg-based Ardagh Group, has announced the launch of its new generation Consol Solar Jar in the African market.

The glass and metal product maker has designed the generation 6 Consol Solar Jar by combining the Consol classic preserve jar with advanced solar technology. The design generates light in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

According to Ardagh, it is the most affordable and widely available consumer solar light on the African market because it can convert every hour of sunlight into a sustainable hour of light.

The jar is said to be handmade in South Africa as per Fair Trade principles, giving formerly jobless people jobs and training opportunities.

Additionally, it has been designed sustainably with a focus on reducing CO2 emissions and the responsible sourcing of raw materials.

According to AGP, the jar has a Solar Module which can convert Consol Solar Jar into a lantern but can also be used independently as a versatile, pocket-sized solar-powered light that can be carried anywhere.

The glass and metal product maker claimed that the Solar Module housing is built of weather- and impact-resistant materials.

Ardagh Glass Packaging-Africa CEO Paul Curnow said: “Ardagh Glass Packaging is committed to making a positive impact in South Africa and sustainability is a core focus for our business.

“We expect our suppliers to demonstrate similar principles, and this is evident in the way Sonnenglas operates, which gives us confidence in the continued longevity of the beloved Consol Solar Jar.”

The company will also provide customers with an “upgrade and repurpose” option, which means they can return their old Consol solar modules and get a deal on the newest generation 6 modules.

Earlier this month, AGP launched a Web-based initiative called money4glass, which is aimed at improving glass recycling effectiveness within the company’s supply chain.

The platform, which is powered by BanQu supply chain compliance software, will help AGP track and monitor all recycled glass or cullet, trades and also help put money in the pockets of recyclers in a more transparent and faster way.

The technology allows the company to make glass recycling financially viable across the width and breadth of South Africa, through the application of targeted incentives.

The platform also ensures that payments and incentives can quickly reach all recyclers, particularly informal recyclers.

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