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Cousteau Jr.: Plastic bag ban is great news

  • Los Angeles bans plastic bags at supermarkets
  • LA joins Hawaii, San Francisco and San Jose with plastic bag ban

Editor’s Note: Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and it’s the time of year when everyone starts heading outside to enjoy the fresh air and the warm weather. With that in mind, Jane Velez-Mitchell is proud to focus the entire hour of her show on Memorial Day on improving and maintaining one of our most precious resources: the environment.  Jane will be joined by our very special guest, Philippe Cousteau Jr., as we highlight ways average people have been able to make a big difference.

Los Angeles has become the largest U.S. city to ban the use of plastic bags at supermarkets. The city will phase out the use of plastic bags over the next 16 months. Los Angeles joins other California cities like San Francisco and San Jose -- and the entire state of Hawaii -- in banning plastic bags.

Environmental Activist and CNN special correspondent Philippe Cousteau Jr. says this ban should extend beyond LA. He tells Jane that “plastic bags are hopefully becoming a thing of the past. It’s great news. Plastic bags are not only blight in terms of waste and trash but they also cost municipalities and taxpayers a lot of money.”

Cousteau Jr. says "plastic bags are convenient. I get that. But the truth is all of our choices have consequences.”  He says the money we spend on cleaning up and disposing of plastic bags just isn’t worth it.

You can see Jane’s full conversation with Philippe Cousteau Jr. on a special Memorial Day edition of Jane Velez-Mitchell Monday night at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. 

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