Among the many eco-friendly efforts being made by companies throughout this great nation, is the effort of many companies to find ways to test new products without causing potential harm to animals. Animal testing has long been under attack by the American public. We don’t like to see any creature harmed or killed, even when we know that the companies are doing so in order to learn how a product might negatively impact human beings.
Some companies have found that they can do their testing without risking animals’ well-being. The L’Oreal Research and Development team, for instance, is working with experienced scientists to grow actual human skin in the lab for product testing purposes. This, of course, means that their new serums, creams, lotions, and cosmetics will not be used on lab animals. Recall, also, that this is the parent company of many other brands, including some that manufacture pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and household cleaners. The ability to produce human skin in the lab (called EpiSkin, and based on the developments made by MIT chemical engineers) for the purpose of testing such products can literally save the lives of many animals.
So, what does HVAC have to do with this? The laboratories where all of this work is being done must have precisely controlled environments. The lab-grown skin cells must be stored at exact temperatures in order to preserve it. That means, of course, that the scientists must turn to HVAC experts for the design-, installation-, and maintenance of advanced temperature- and humidity control systems.
Temperature and humidity sensors are able to provide highly accurate readings, and can communicate with the controls within the system to automatically make adjustments to ensure that the lab environment is constantly maintained. By providing such precise control, the HVAC market is enabling further developments like those made by L’Oreal to put a stop to animal testing.