Green Gift Giveaway: Jo Totes Vegan Camera Bag

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I had to save the best for (almost) last. I have had my eye on Jo Totes for a long time. If you (or a woman you know) own a DSLR camera, or really any quality camera that you use all the time, you will L-O-V-E these bags.

I’ve had my Nikon D40 for a few years now, and I learn something new about it every day. Wen I bought it, I also bought an ugly, but functional, boxy Nikon camera bag. I hate it. It is big and clunky, and I only use it for storage or traveling when absolutely necessary. Most of the time, I just stick my DSLR in my purse. But it’s not a very good idea to have an expensive camera jostling around inside a bag full of keys, pens and Lord knows what else. (aff)

Imagine my glee when I discovered Jo Totes, a company that clearly felt my pain and decided to make fabulous camera-ready purses to ease it. Wait. You mean that’s not why the company started? Well, that’s how it feels to me!

So what’s the green part? These bags are made of vegan leather. Ie. No animals were killed in the making of these bags. On top of that, they are very affordable for bags of such awesome quality. Plus, they are available in several gorgeous styles and beautiful colors — including turquoise (swoon) and yellow. That was all the information I needed to become a fan from afar. But the up-close and personal experience? Much, much better!

I received the Rose bag in Pewter, and boy, am I smitten! I have a habit of carrying large purses, so this sizable bag felt right at home on my shoulder. It also has an optional longer strap so you can wear it as a crossbody bag if you choose. However, the magic happens inside the bag. Rose comes with 5 detachable padded partitions that can be arranged as needed to fit your camera and accessories.

There was more than enough space to hold my camera, charger and extra memory cards, and since I put a new lens on my Christmas list, I left some space for that too 🙂 After all that, there was still ample space for my iPhone, wallet, checkbook, keys and a couple of reusable shopping bags that I always keep in my purse. If I did have one complaint, it would be that there is no space for my iPad. But of course, Jo Totes has already thought of that too. Their newest bag style, the Betsy (shown below in Mustard), features a rear pocket that is large enough for an iPad. Problem solved!

Seriously, I couldn’t love Rose more. She makes me happy. And I know you want to feel the love too 😀

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of vegan leather.

Price: $84-90

Want to Win?

Jo Totes is going to make one camera owner of the female variety very happy. One lucky reader is going to take home a Jo Totes bag in the style and color of your choice! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Javascript must be enabled to to see the Rafflecopter. If you still cannot see it, wait for the page to load completely, or refresh the page. U.S. mailing addresses only! Entry period ends at 12:01 a.m. 12/27/11. Please note that this giveaway ends AFTER Christmas.

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  • Avatar Toni Scott December 20, 2011, 12:05 pm

    My fav Jo’s Tote is the Betsy in mustard. I love that it’s got a cross-body strap and the cool color really stands out and hopefully will help me remember not to walk off and leave it (Yes, I did this at a restaurant lately!)

  • Avatar Sarah G December 20, 2011, 12:23 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the betsy in mustard. Also NEED NEED NEED! 😉

  • Avatar jenn aka the picky girl December 20, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I really love the Betsy in chocolate or mustard. So cute! And I have so many cameras, I could definitely use a cute camera bag.

  • Avatar Mandy December 20, 2011, 1:04 pm

    I’d love to have the Betsy in mustard!


  • Avatar Amy @ Lovely Nest December 20, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I’ve been wanting one of these for a long long time! The rose is my favorite and I would choose between the pewter and the marigold!

  • Avatar Debra L December 20, 2011, 2:37 pm

    The Betsy Bag is Gorgeous!

  • Avatar Romney December 20, 2011, 3:19 pm

    I love the Rose bag its my.absolute fave! I’m new to the DSLR community!

  • Avatar Jen December 20, 2011, 5:05 pm

    I love betsy in mustard. What a fun yet practical product!

  • Avatar Rebecca December 20, 2011, 5:20 pm

    I like the Rose bag in marigold.

  • Avatar Danielle M December 20, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Love the Rose raspberry bag. I wouldnt ever misplace my camera! So fun!

  • Avatar Christina D December 20, 2011, 6:17 pm

    I like the Millie in Moss!

  • Avatar Jennifer N. F. December 20, 2011, 6:18 pm

    These are the most gorgeous camera bags that I’ve ever seen. I love how they just look like beautiful purses. I especially love the one with the rosette on the front, both in the grey and the aqua. Not sure which I love more! Thank you for the giveaway! Jen

  • Avatar Kathleen W. December 20, 2011, 6:42 pm

    The Betsey in Chocolate is my fave, though the Mustard is quite a hip color now too. I might choose that!

  • Avatar Jen K December 20, 2011, 6:52 pm

    I love the Rose in Teal! I can’t wait to see if the Betsy comes out in more colors.

  • Avatar Lynn December 20, 2011, 6:53 pm

    My favourite bah is the Rose Marigold bag. They are all so lovely!

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Avatar Ann December 20, 2011, 7:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE the Rose bag in the teal color! Just gorgeous! Thank you so much for this fantastic giveaway!

  • Avatar Lynn December 20, 2011, 7:27 pm

    Well I know I won’t win twice in a row or someone might think the drawing was fixed, but these bags are gorgeous, just perfect for the DSLR I hope to have one day 🙂 Love the mustard and the teal is unbelievable!

  • Avatar Grace Hester December 20, 2011, 9:47 pm

    My favourite is the Millie in Mustard! But I also like the extra space I would get from the Betsey also in Mustard. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Avatar Ashley Murphy December 20, 2011, 11:02 pm

    I love the Teal Rose camera bag! All of the bags are super nice and for it to be vegan is amazing!! thank you for the chance to win! 🙂

  • Avatar Ashley Murphy December 20, 2011, 11:08 pm

    wouldnt let me enter my twitter info


  • Avatar Meg T December 20, 2011, 11:31 pm

    Oooooooh! So pretty! I really love the Millie. They have such pretty colors. Thanks!!

  • Avatar Michelle Doucet December 21, 2011, 12:33 am

    I love, love the Rose in pewter. I swear it would go everywhere with me!!!

  • Avatar deirdre_lyon December 21, 2011, 7:04 am

    Oh man, the Betsy in mustard is a MUST!

  • Avatar Ashley Hatten December 21, 2011, 7:07 am

    I LOVE the Betsy bag in Chocolate my Nikon needs a new home this would be awesome to win! thank you!!!

  • Avatar Cherylyn December 21, 2011, 7:18 am

    My favorite is Rose in the gorgeous Sugarplum. It’s just understated enough for day hauling but would look equally fabulous for nights out on the town with the pretty people.

  • Avatar Kat December 21, 2011, 8:15 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such cute camera bags, vegan or not! And of course I love that they are vegan…! Millie is my favorite, with Betsy a close second. <3 <3 <3

  • Avatar Beth December 21, 2011, 8:53 am

    I love the Rose bag in Sugarplum.

  • Avatar Megan Riedl December 21, 2011, 9:51 am

    My favorite is the Rose in Teal, too pretty!

  • Avatar Megan December 21, 2011, 10:40 am

    Of the ones available I like the Millie in Moss – though I love the mustard too 🙂 I’ve been looking for a girlie camera bag for ages – right now I have a removable case that I can put in the bag of my choice, but it’s still a bit cumbersome. Great line here!!!

  • Avatar Allison December 21, 2011, 10:46 am

    Ohhh the Rose Moonbeam is sold out on their website!

  • Avatar reeva December 21, 2011, 10:56 am

    i love the turquoise w/ the rosette – so pretty and stylish for a “camera” bag – this would be my work bag 😛

  • Avatar Gee December 21, 2011, 1:12 pm

    My favorite is the Millie in Teal or Pink Coral!

  • Avatar ShootingStarsMag December 21, 2011, 1:40 pm

    I really like the rose bags…the bronze is beautiful

  • Avatar Homemade girl December 21, 2011, 1:54 pm

    I love the rose bag in pewter! I had never heard about this brand before reading it here!

  • Avatar Tonya Hopkins December 21, 2011, 3:33 pm

    I love the Rose – Moonbeam

  • Avatar Leanne m December 21, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I like the Rose – Black

  • Avatar Leanne m December 21, 2011, 4:20 pm
  • Avatar Aisling December 21, 2011, 4:56 pm

    My favorite bag is the Betsy in Black.

  • Avatar Christy Johnson December 21, 2011, 5:17 pm

    Oh I LOVE the “Betsey Chocolate” camera bag!

  • Avatar courtney b December 21, 2011, 5:27 pm

    i like the rose bag in bronze

  • Avatar Katrina December 21, 2011, 5:53 pm

    love the Rose – Bronze

  • Avatar Sara B. December 21, 2011, 7:14 pm

    I like the Millie-Moss bag.

  • Avatar DebbyM December 21, 2011, 7:39 pm

    I love the Betsy bag in black.


  • Avatar Janet W. December 21, 2011, 7:57 pm

    I love them all! But my favorite is the Millie in Moss!!

  • Avatar madelyn December 21, 2011, 8:22 pm

    I love the Millie coral bag!

  • Avatar tanya December 21, 2011, 9:01 pm

    Rose – Bronze is the one I love…

  • Avatar Aisha December 22, 2011, 12:09 am

    I really like the Millie – Moss. Love the color.

  • Avatar Cassie December 22, 2011, 1:44 am

    i learned they’ve been making camera bags since 2009!

  • Avatar Georgia December 22, 2011, 6:02 am

    I like the Millie – Black. Really nice.

  • Avatar Kelly D December 22, 2011, 6:22 am

    My favorite bag is the Betsy in Chocolate

  • Avatar Katie Bourke December 22, 2011, 8:01 am

    My favorite is the Rose bag in Moss.

  • Avatar Victoria S December 22, 2011, 12:57 pm

    LOVE the Millie bag in the pink coral color! Gorgeous! My camera would be a true princess to live in there 🙂
    vschilke at gmail dot com

  • Avatar Celeste December 22, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I love the Rose in Sugarplum!

  • Avatar Tazim December 22, 2011, 2:04 pm

    I love the betsy in Mustard colour

  • Avatar Serena Powell December 22, 2011, 3:43 pm

    It figures the bag (Millie – Teal) I really like is out of stock. Out of the ones in stock, I really like the Rose – Teal

  • Avatar kjasus December 22, 2011, 8:25 pm

    i like the rose bag in teal

  • Avatar Beth December 23, 2011, 1:06 am

    Found you via Practically Green’s mention of the Celebrate Green 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 – kudos! I’ve been fortunate to partner with the PG folks a bit and do some guest blogging, and loved finding your site.

    Visited the Jo Totes site and can’t wait to refer my sister (Jo!) to it as well! I’m loving the Rose bag in pewter and raspberry but that iPad accommodation is tempting. Great site & great giveaway!

  • Avatar Christine December 23, 2011, 4:39 pm

    I LOVE the Rose bag in bronze! I love the moveable inserts this company makes, and I love how the Rose bag has enough room for a few diapers and wipes in addition to the camera and my personal items!

  • Avatar mell December 23, 2011, 6:35 pm

    The Betsey in Chocolate is too cute!

  • Avatar erica December 23, 2011, 7:55 pm

    love the betsy in mustard

  • Avatar RaLea December 23, 2011, 11:39 pm

    I loooove the Rose in pewter, so I was so excited to see you review that exact bag!

  • Avatar Michelle White December 24, 2011, 6:41 am

    The Rose bag in Teal makes me giddy!
    I want!
    Michelle W.

  • Avatar Erin December 24, 2011, 10:32 am

    The Millie – Pewter is my favourite!

  • Avatar Hannah December 25, 2011, 6:37 am

    I LOVE this giveaway! I have been eyeing the Betsy in Chocolate!

  • Avatar Laura December 25, 2011, 10:06 am

    I LOVE Teal- Rose bag!!
    I will definitely send my friends over to this site and the Jo totes! : )

  • Avatar Mandi December 25, 2011, 3:16 pm

    I love the Betsy in Chocolate and the Millie in Teal. I’m not sure which I would choose! I’m just learning about my DSLR and I know I need an awesome bag for it!

  • Avatar Katie December 25, 2011, 7:03 pm

    I love the Rose bag in all the colors! I just got my first dslr this morning, and I can’t wait to get a great bag, since I know I’ll be carrying it everywhere!

  • Avatar jules p December 25, 2011, 8:12 pm

    I would love love love to win this!!!

  • Avatar jules p December 25, 2011, 8:13 pm

    I would love to have the Betsy in chocolate. I have been dying to have this bag!

  • Avatar april yedinak December 25, 2011, 9:03 pm

    I love the Rose in Sugarplum bag!

  • Avatar kat December 25, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Without doubt, I’m in love with Millie in grey. It’s been on my wish list for months. But when I went to order it with some Christmas money I received this weekend, I found it was out of stock. No wonder. It’s gorgeous.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Avatar Pamela James December 25, 2011, 11:00 pm

    I can’t believe all the colors that these bags come in!!!
    I love the rose tote and want one in every color!!

    pjames330 at aol dot com

  • Avatar Pamela James December 25, 2011, 11:03 pm

    I couldn’t enter my twitter user name-it’s pj436

  • Avatar Cassandra December 26, 2011, 12:38 am

    I really love the Rose Bag’s style, functionality, and practicality. Normal camera bags are so clunky, cumbersome, and unfashionable. This camera bag is the complete opposite. I give it kudos points for being vegan 🙂

  • Avatar debbi December 26, 2011, 2:19 am

    I love the Rose in Bronze. Thanks for the chance!

  • Avatar Leah Baird December 26, 2011, 10:43 am

    I really like the Rose bag, in sugarplum.

  • Avatar Amber December 26, 2011, 11:16 am

    So cute! I adore the Betsy bag in Mustard and the Millie in Teal!

  • Avatar @nola727 December 26, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win! love the Betsy in chocolate

    nolagirl727 at yahoo dot com

  • Avatar Nancy December 26, 2011, 4:48 pm

    I liek the Rose Bag in the color black.

  • Avatar Samantha January 12, 2012, 1:17 am

    I LOVE the bag!!
    I will definitely send my friends over to this site ! : )

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